New Minister's festive message: celebrating diversity and unity

Our recently appointed Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Melissa Lee, shared a special message introducing herself and extending heartfelt wishes to our diverse communities for the holiday season in a warm and welcoming video released on her Facebook page.

In her message, Minister Lee articulated her aspirations and objectives for the ethnic communities in New Zealand. She aims to empower individuals, recognising and celebrating their unique contributions across all facets of life in the country. 

Her vision includes promoting social cohesion and ensuring equitable access to government services, emphasising the importance of every individual feeling a sense of belonging and possessing a strong collective voice.

A momentous occasion occurred during Minister Lee's swearing-in ceremony on November 27, 2023, alongside the 54th New Zealand Parliament. In a historic move, she delivered her oath in both English and Korean, reflecting the cultural diversity that enriches New Zealand's political landscape.

Born in South Korea and raised in Malaysia, Minister Lee and her family made New Zealand her home in 1988. With a thriving career in media, she entered politics in 2008, following roles as a newspaper reporter and hosting Asia Dynamic/Asia Downunder on TVNZ for over a decade.

Minister Lee concluded the video by extending warm holiday wishes to all and expressing her eagerness to connect with the community in person in the new year.

Watch Minister Melissa Lee's message below:

A transcript of Minister Lee’s video can be found here: A Message from Minister Lee to Our Ethnic Communities - Transcript

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