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Poto Williams awarded community and voluntary sector portfolio as a Minister outside Cabinet

Labour MP Poto Williams’ pro­mo­tion is an “absolute hon­our and a priv­i­lege”, she told media as she was sworn in by Gov­er­nor-Gen­er­al Dame Pat­sy Red­dy as a Min­is­ter out­side Cab­i­net award­ed the com­mu­ni­ty and vol­un­tary sec­tor port­fo­lio. Ms Williams has a long his­to­ry of work­ing in the NFP sec­tor. Before enter­ing pol­i­tics she was agency man­ag­er for West Auck­land’s WAVES Trust an agency con­cerned with fam­i­ly violence.

The Christchurch East MP was bumped up dur­ing the Prime Min­is­ter’s reshuf­fle last week to be a Min­is­ter out­side Cabinet.

She also received the asso­ciate port­fo­lios of immi­gra­tion, social devel­op­ment and Greater Christchurch Regeneration.

It’s a big day for my fam­i­ly,” Ms Williams said, as her daugh­ter, son-in-law, her sis­ter and her uncle who is her sur­ro­gate par­ent watched her being sworn in. “They’ve sup­port­ed me through­out my career, You can’t do this work on your own.”

I’m real­ly grate­ful for the Prime Min­is­ter’s sup­port and hop­ing to live up to the expec­ta­tions she’s placed on my shoulders.”

As a Min­is­ter, Ms Williams said she had the back­ground and expe­ri­ence to con­tribute to the Prime Min­is­ter’s well­be­ing agen­da, espe­cial­ly in fam­i­ly vio­lence and men­tal health.

She said her main strengths were her con­nec­tions into the com­mu­ni­ty, her asso­ci­a­tion with the non-gov­ern­ment sec­tor and her work in a range of fields.