John Key announced:
Prime Minister John Key today said Civil Defence, ACC, and Youth Minister Nikki Kaye will be taking leave from her Ministerial portfolios to deal with a health issue.
Ms Kaye was diagnosed with breast cancer on Friday and will shortly begin undergoing treatment.
“I have spoken with Nikki and assured her she has the full support of her colleagues and I as she deals with this difficult diagnosis,” Mr Key said.
“Her medical team is working hard to ensure a full recovery. Nikki will be dedicating her energy towards getting well, and I wish her all the best.
“I appointed Acting Ministers to Nikki’s portfolios on Friday and this will continue until she is able to return to her role.”
Gerry Brownlee will act as Minister of Civil Defence. Nathan Guy will act as Minister for ACC. Anne Tolley will act as Minister for Youth. Ms Kaye’s Associate Education responsibilities will be taken by Hekia Parata.
Nikki has also posted on Facebook about her situation. Obviously everyone who knows Nikki is shocked, but also we all know Nikki is an absolute fighter for causes she believes in, and will be just as strong in fighting this battle also.
I know that everyone across the political spectrum will be wishing Nikki the best, and times like this are a good reminder that what unites is far stronger than what we disagree on.