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African MP Ibrahim Omer

Ibrahim Omer from Eritrea became the first African-born MP in the New Zealand Parliament when he was elected from the Labour Party list in 2020. He began his maiden speech in Parliament by saying: ‘I’m an Eritrean. I’m a former refugee. I’m a Muslim. I’m a trade unionist and a living wage advocate. But most importantly I stand here before you today as a Kiwi bursting with pride.’

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Carl Walrond, 'Africans - Assimilation and culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015