Justice Ministers

Hon Kris Faafoi

Kris Faafoi

  • Minister of Justice

Hon Kris Faafoi was elected as the Member of Parliament for Mana in November 2010, following more than a decade working as a journalist at both TVNZ and the BBC. 

He is Minister of Justice, Minister for Broadcasting and Media, and Minister of Immigration.

As Minister for Broadcasting and Media, Kris is committed to bridging the digital divide to allow consumers and business to benefit from technology, and to ensuring New Zealand culture is reflected in broadcasting. 

Kris was also responsible for the COVID-19 response package for the media, and the Government’s wider programme to strengthen public media.

Kris lives in Porirua with his partner Mae and has three sons.

Kris Faafoi's page on the Beehive website(external link)

Hon Willie Jackson

Hon Willie Jackson

  • Associate Minister of Justice

Hon Willie Jackson (born 1961) is a former urban Māori chief executive and award-winning radio and television broadcaster. He grew up in Porirua and Mangere, and attended Mangere College in his teenage years. Jackson previously worked as a trade union organiser, record company executive, broadcaster, sports talkback radio host and urban Māori advocate.

Primarily based in Auckland, he has supported the rights of Māori and urban Māori nationally for many years with a focus on community development particularly in South Auckland. He has been at the forefront in terms of advancing community interests, local initiatives and whānau aspirations.

Willie has a very long history working within both Māori and mainstream media in print, radio and television including commentating election coverage in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014.

He is the son of the late Bob Jackson and Dame June Jackson, New Zealand’s longest serving parole board member, and his wife is Tania Rangiheuea, a former Victoria University lecturer in Māori and Women’s Studies and now a school principal.

He is the Minister for Māori Development, and Associate Minister for ACC and of  Justice.

Willie Jackson's page on the Beehive website(external link)

Hon Aupito Su’a William Sio

Hon Aupito Su’a William Sio

  • Minister for Courts
  • Associate Minister of Justice

Aupito William Sio arrived in New Zealand as a child when his parents migrated from Samoa in 1969. He has been a City Councillor in Auckland for the Otara ward, and the first Pacific Deputy Mayor for Manukau City. In 2008 he became the Member of Parliament for Mangere.

Aupito William is a strong advocate for the Pacific people and he has been very vocal about climate change and its effect on the Pacific Ocean nations.

He and his partner have four adult children.

Aupito William Sio's page on the Beehive website(external link)

Hon Kelvin Davis

Hon Kelvin Davis

  • Minister for Maori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti

Ngāpuhi

Born and raised in the Bay of Islands, Mr Davis studied at Auckland College of Education. He taught at Koru School in Mangere, Bay of Islands Intermediate School, before becoming principal of Karetu School, and later principal of Kaitaia Intermediate School from 2001 to 2007.

In the 2008 general election Mr Davis stood for Labour in Te Tai Tokerau and entered Parliament on the party list. Following his election, Mr Davis became Labour's corrections spokesperson. On 1 August 2017, he was appointed as the new Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

He lives in Kaitaia and he cares deeply about Northland and its issues.

Kelvin Davis page on the Beehive website(external link)

Hon Marama Davidson

Hon Marama Davidson

  • Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Sexual Violence 

Marama was born to two young, urban Māori activists for social and environmental justice and brings that upbringing with her to Parliament. Being of Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, and Ngāti Porou descent, she’s passionate about improving outcomes for the many and not just the few, including for Māori. Marama always looks to work with community leaders who do the hard work on the ground every day in building community.

Prior to becoming an MP, Marama worked for the Human Rights Commission for 10 years, and was the Chief Panelist for the Glenn Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. Her own publicly declared experience with sexual violence and her involvement in the inquiry have placed family and sexual violence at the forefront of her political radar. She brings this experience to the new role as Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence, following on from the work Green MP Jan Logie led as Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues).

Marama and her husband have her six children and they live in Manurewa with four of their children, a son-in-law and their mokopuna. Over the past five years she has dedicated her efforts to understanding the housing crisis around the country, and is deeply committed to helping those with the greatest need get into secure housing. As Associate Minister for Housing with responsibility for addressing homelessness, Marama will bring her expertise and commitment to create real change for our communities.

Marama Davidson page on the Beehive website(external link)

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