Vanushi Walters – first Sri Lanka born MP in New Zealand Parliament

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Vanushi Walters (39) became the first Sri Lankan born Member of New Zealand’s Parliament after winning  the race to be Upper Harbour MP in northwest Auckland.

She claimed a narrow victory over National candidate Jake Bezzant, a former tech company chief executive and cricketer for Hamilton, receiving 14,142 votes to Bezzant’s 12,727.

Walters is a Sri Lankan New Zealander who is married with three sons. Before entering Parliament, Walters worked as a human rights lawyer and as a senior manager at the Human Rights Commission.

Vanushi had moved to New Zealand from Sri Lanka when she was just five years of age. 

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