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Hon Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban, DNZM QSO

In the 1999 General Election, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban became our first Pacific Island woman MP. Elected on the Labour List, she won the Mana electorate in 2002 and held it until 2010, when she retired from politics to take up the newly established position of Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) at Victoria University of Wellington. 

An innovative woman of the Pacific and a proud New Zealander, Luamanuvao believes that through storytelling, we grow in our understanding of each other and can celebrate the richness and increasing diversity of our multicultural nation.

In this extract from her Valedictory Speech, upon leaving Parliament, Luamanuvao compares the monocultural New Zealand of her youth with our increasingly multicultural society. Courtesy of Parliament TV.

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Image: Screengrab: Valedictory Speech, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban. Courtesy of Parliament TV.

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Year 2010

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Production: Parliament TV

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