Nanaia Mahuta who this year started serving as the Minister of Foreign Affiairs is married to her first cousin William Ormsby.
New Zealand law states incest is only a criminal offence if 2 people whose relationship is that of parent and child, siblings, half-siblings, or grandparent and grandchild; and the person charged knows of the relationship.
Nanaia Mahuta was appointed as foreign secretary by PM Jacinda Ardern on November 2, becoming the first woman in the country’s history to hold the role. She is also the first MP who is married to her husband and the first MP with face tats.
The 50-year-old, who is Maori, was born in Auckland. Her father was the late Sir Robert Mahuta, who was a prominent Maori politician. Nanaia Mahuta has become the first woman to hold the position of foreign minister in New Zealand’s history
She is the niece of the late Maori queen, Te Arikinui Te Atairangi Kaahu, and a close relation to the current Maori monarch, Kingi Tuheitia.
Mahuta, who has a face tattoo, attended Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, a boarding school in Hamilton, New Zealand.
She later studied at the University of Auckland for a diploma in Maori business development and went on to get a Masters degree in social anthropology.
Following her election to parliament in 1996, Mahuta held a number of positions including most recently as a minister for Local Government and Maori development.
Throughout her political career, Mahuta, who represents the Hauraki-Waikato constituency, has been a vocal advocate for her Maori community.
In February this year, Mahuta signed a ground-breaking collaboration agreement on indigenous issues with Australian Minister for Indigenous Ken Wyatt.
Speaking of the Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement, which aims to promote economic, social and cultural advancement for Indigenous peoples, Mahuta said: ‘Progressing indigenous issues is an ongoing journey and an area that we are both passionate about.
‘This collaboration represents a partnership between our nations and serves as a framework to co-design activities that help meet the aspirations and needs of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori communities.’
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking of her new foreign minister, said: ‘She’s someone who builds fantastic relationships very, very quickly and that is one of the key jobs in a foreign affairs role.’FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA