3 March 2009 Media Statement
Labour launches interfaith portfolio
Luamanuvao Winnie Laban has been appointed as Labour’s spokesperson on interfaith issues
“This role is about linking in with the interfaith movements around the country and internationally, to build greater
understanding and peace,” Winnie Laban said.
Interfaith has traditionally been categorised under foreign affairs or ethnic affairs, but Labour has recognised the
role faith plays in people’s lives and has therefore appointed Winnie Laban to represent this diverse portfolio.
“I believe if we can get the many different religions in the same room and engage in dialogue that is of great benefit
to both harmonious relations here and overseas.
“New Zealand has a diverse range of faiths and it will be my role to attend interfaith meetings, as I did on the weekend
and listen to the concerns of the many different cultures and religions represented.
“During times of economic hardship many people turn to the church and faith communities to provide leadership, support
and compassion and Labour recognises the significant role faith plays in many people’s lives.
“The interfaith role is one I am proud to take on,” Winnie Laban said.