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Cabinet Minister Nikki Kaye has taken leave from her ministerial duties to undergo breast cancer treatment.

In a statement, Kaye said the news was “devastating”.

“On Friday I was told that I have breast cancer. It was devastating news for me and my family,” said the 36-year-old.

“I feel so lucky to have such an amazing family and group of friends who are giving me buckets of love and have been so strong helping me work through this. I also want to acknowledge the PM who has been hugely caring and supportive,” Kaye said.

Kaye is the Minister for ACC, Civil Defence and Youth, but her portfolios have been distributed across other ministers while she focused on her treatment, Prime Minister John Key confirmed.