November 28, 2023 13:14
Melissa Ji-yun Lee has become the first Korean-born minister in New Zealand.
Lee was sworn in as the new government's minister in charge of three areas -- economic development, media and communications, and ethnic communities -- by New Zealand's Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro in a ceremony at Government House in Wellington on Monday.
She delivered her oath in Korean and English.
"Officially Sworn in today as a Minister! Proud to also acknowledge my Korean heritage being able to also take the Oath in Korean," she wrote on Facebook.
Born in Korea in 1966, Lee spent her childhood in Malaysia. After moving to New Zealand in 1988, she worked as a journalist and an anchorwoman at TVNZ, New Zealand's public broadcaster.
In 2008, she became a member of parliament for the National Party.
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