The results of Labour’s long awaited cabinet reshuffle has now been made public. And the results have some political pundits eating their words.
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The Herald has the details:
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that Kris Faafoi has been promoted into Cabinet and will join a “new team of housing Ministers.”
Faafoi – Minister of Civil Defence and a number of other portfolios – was tipped to receive a promotion.
He was what’s called a Minister outside Cabinet – he has Ministerial portfolios but was not a permanent member of the Ministerial Cabinet.
Ardern today said his promotion will see him join a “new team of housing Ministers.”
Megan Woods will lead this new team of housing Ministers and is now responsible for the KiwiBuild reset.
Faafoi is in charge of public housing and homelessness.
Phil Twyford, who was Housing Minister, will be in charge of urban development.
He will no longer be responsible for housing.
Woods picks up Housing from Twyford, but loses Government Digital Services, Research, Science and Innovation.
She is also no longer the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission.
David Parker’s Economic Development portfolio was given to Twyford.
It will be presented as a demotion for Twyford but his existing obligations were very onerous. He will still have Transport and Urban Development and picks up Economic Development so will still be busy. It is more of a sideways shuffle than a demotion.
Big winners are Kris Faafoi who has been promoted into Cabinet and Poto Williams who in a well deserved promotion will now be a Minister outside of Cabinet and responsible for the very important Community and Voluntary Sector as well as Associate Minister for Social Development, Immigration and Greater Christchurch Regeneration.