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 for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Government Digital Services, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and Immigration, as well as the Associate Housing Minister (Public Housing).
As the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, he is committed to consumers getting a fair deal. He aims to keep the wheels of commerce moving smoothly and supporting honest business to thrive in order to help grow our economy, jobs, wages and opportunities for New Zealanders.
As Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital 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.
As Minister of Government Digital Services, he is responsible for overseeing policy that guides government technology procurement, use and implementation, better access to government online services, as well as overseeing work to provide better digital inclusion across New Zealand society
Kris took over the role of Immigration Minister in July 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic and with immigration facing unprecedented constraints.
As Associate Housing Minister (Public Housing), Kris recognises the opportunity he had growing up in a state house – and will continue the work the Government has started because he wants every New Zealander to have a warm, dry home.
Kris lives in Greytown, South Wairarapa with his partner Mae and has three sons.