Minister Jenny Salesa visits SouthSeas

23 November 2018

Hon Minister Jenny Salesa during her visit to SouthSeas Healthcare

Associate Minister for Health Hon Jenny Salesa visited SouthSeas Healthcare recently as part of electoral visit and joined in on the celebration to honour Tagaloa Dr Andrew Chan Mow’s achievement of being the recipient of the Health and Wellbeing Award at the recent SunPix Pacific Peoples award.

Minister Salesa’s visit affirms her commitment to achieve better outcomes for the people of South Auckland.

Although housing is on the Minister’s priority list in her portfolio agenda, she is also very passionate about other priorities in improving outcomes in employment, education and healthcare.

Her passion for health stems from her childhood, as her father was the only pharmacist in Tonga. The family moved to New Zealand when Jenny was 16 because her parents wanted her and her younger brother to have better access to university education.

“It was pretty tough,” she recalls. “Even though we had been considered middle-class back home we arrived with only our suitcases. We moved around, staying with different relatives. My father worked as an interpreter and our mother worked as a machinist in a clothing factory during the day and as a cleaner in the evenings. We used to help her with the cleaning. When we eventually could afford a flat, we had no furniture and we lived out of suitcases for quite a while. My parents made great sacrifices for our education, we owe them a lot.”

She applaud the work done by SouthSeas Healthcare in servicing the South Auckland community and encouraged staff to keep up the good service in making sure Pacific families and communities have access to quality healthcare and other services provided by the organisation.

In addition to her health portfolio, Minister Salesa also holds portfolios in education, ethnic communities, housing and urban development.  She has a strong interest in ensuring positive health and educational outcomes and ensuring equal opportunities and better outcomes for all.

Minister Salesa is the first Tongan speaking Minister  to enter New Zealand Parliament, becoming an MP in 2014.

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