Ngaree Ah Kit

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Ngaree Ah Kit
MLA
Member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
for Karama
Assumed office
27 August 2016
Preceded by Delia Lawrie
Personal details
Born Ngaree Jane Ah Kit
(1981-06-04) 4 June 1981 (age 37)
Karama, Northern Territory
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor Party
Parents Jack Ah Kit
Occupation Public servant

Ngaree Jane Ah Kit (born 4 June 1981) is an Australian politician, who was elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly at the 2016 Territory election, representing the electoral division of Karama for the Labor Party. Ah Kit is the Assistant Minister for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health, Disability, Youth and Seniors[1].

Ah Kit is of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Chinese descent, and is the daughter of Jack Ah Kit, the former Labor member for Arnhem, who was the first indigenous minister in the Northern Territory from 1995 to 2005.[2] Following her brother's death in 2007, Ah Kit became a suicide prevention advocate, forming a survivors' group in 2007 and the Darwin Region Indigenous Suicide Prevention Network in 2010, and working for the Northern Territory Department of Health. She was a territory finalist for the Young Australian of the Year awards in 2009 for her work organising NAIDOC Week in the Top End,[3] and a finalist for Australia's Local Hero in 2016 for her suicide prevention work.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Ngaree Ah Kit". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  2. ^ "Former Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie has been dumped by the ALP". NT News. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Ngaree Ah Kit: Young Indigenous Leader". State Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Ngaree Ah Kit: Suicide prevention crusader". Australia's Local Hero 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Delia Lawrie
Member for Karama
2016–present
Incumbent
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