The Minister of Conservation and Emergency Management, Kiri Allan, will undertake a leave of absence while she undergoes medical treatment for cervical cancer, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.
“I consider Kiri not just a colleague, but a friend,” the Prime Minister said.
“This news has been devastating. But I also know that Kiri is a person of determination, and as we’ve talked over the past few days I can hear how focused she is on her treatment, and ultimately her return,” she said.
“Kiri’s Parliamentary family will do everything possible to support her during her treatment and recovery.”
Acting Ministers will be appointed to Ms Allan’s portfolios until she is able to return to work, Ms Ardern said.
“Kris Faafoi will be Acting Minister of Emergency Management. He has held the portfolio previously so brings knowledge and experience with him to the Acting role.”
Ayesha Verrall will be the Acting Minister of Conservation and Peeni Henare will be Acting Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage.
“I look forward to welcoming Kiri back on the team and into Cabinet upon her return,” Ms Ardern said.
“Kiri has asked for privacy as she and her whanau focus on her care and recovery.”