Sunday, June 16, 2024

Andersen named new Police Minister

Ginny Andersen is Aotearoa New Zealand’s new Minister of Police.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins announced the appointment today, following the removal of Stuart Nash from the Police portfolio last week.

“Ginny Andersen has a strong and relevant background in this important portfolio,” Mr Hipkins said.

“Ginny Andersen worked for the Police as a non-sworn staff member for around 10 years and has more recently been chair of the Justice Select Committee. She is taking on the role immediately.”

Minister Andersen began with NZ Police as a Senior Advisor and worked her way to become a Policy Manager at Police National Headquarters before she entered politics. During this time she was a strategic advisor on Māori, Pacific and Ethnic services with a focus on reducing Māori offending.

She was also seconded into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet during the Key administration to work on the Tackling Methamphetamine Action Plan

Barbara Edmonds will take on Ginny Andersen’s role as Associate Immigration Minister, the Prime Minister confirmed.

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