Auckland Council has welcomed its very first Pasifika woman councillor.
Josephine Bartley was officially sworn in today as the councillor for the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki ward.
Councillor Josephine Bartley is the first Pacific woman elected into Auckland Council. Photo/ Supplied.
In her maiden speech Councillor Bartley spoke on the importance of the community, environment and supporting young people and the council’s role in helping communities to "do well, live well and be well".
Mayor Phil Goff welcomed Councillor Bartley and congratulated her in becoming the newest member of Auckland Council highlighting her community work and heritage.
"I have had the privilege of knowing Josephine for many years; she is well grounded in local government, has a law degree and has dedicated her career to community service which shows her commitment and devotion to her local community."
"The Samoan and Chinese heritage that she brings is also very important and is something we celebrate as contributing to the increasing diversity of our Governing Body."