Chennai Born Keralite Is Now New Zealand's 1st Desi Minister


Priyanca Radha Krishnan, a primary immigrant, now turned into New Zealand's first-ever Indian-origin minister on Monday after New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern inducted 5 new ministers into her government. This happened 2 weeks after the victory of Jacinda.

Talking to the press, Priyanca said, "Today has been an incredibly special day. I am feeling a lot of things including an overwhelming sense of privilege to become part of the New Zealand Government."

Priyanca was born in Chennai and her household is from Paravur in Kerala. She attended high school in Singapore and then transferred to New Zealand.

Priyanca Radhakrishnan is now a second-time Labour MP and has been given 3 key portfolios- Community & Voluntary Sector, Diversity, Inclusion & Ethnic Communities & Youth. Priyanca's father Raman Radha Krishnan worked as an engineer in Singapore earlier and later returned to India to start his personal Engineering firm and settle in Chennai. 

In 2014, Priyanca Radhakrishnan wrote, "I belong to a politically active family, a family that is dedicated to doing their part to make the world a better place. My great grandfather Dr. CR Krishna Pillai, was involved in Left-wing politics in India and was instrumental in the formation of Kerala.