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The new cabinet

Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, October 25th, 2017 - 41 comments
Categories: election 2017, greens, labour, nz first, Politics - Tags:

Portfolios are listed in the left-hand column. Other responsibilities assigned by the Prime Minister are listed in the right-hand column.

CABINET MINISTERS
Portfolios Other responsibilities
1 Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Minister for National Security and Intelligence

Minister for Child Poverty Reduction
2 Rt Hon Winston Peters
Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister for State Owned Enterprises Minister for Racing

3 Kelvin Davis
Minister for Crown/Māori Relations Minister of Corrections

Minister of Tourism

Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education)
4 Grant Robertson
Minister of Finance 1

Minister for Sport and Recreation

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

1 The Finance portfolio includes the responsibilities formerly included within the Regulatory Reform portfolio.

5 Phil Twyford
Minister of Housing and Urban Development 2 Minister of Transport
6 Dr Megan Woods
Minister of Energy and Resources

Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister of Research, Science and Innovation

Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission
7 Chris Hipkins
Minister of Education 3 Minister of State Services Leader of the House

Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services

8 Andrew Little
Minister of Justice Minister for Courts

Minister Responsible for the GCSB Minister Responsible for the NZSIS

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations

Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry
9 Carmel Sepuloni
Minister for Social Development 4 Minister for Disability Issues Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Associate Minister for Pacific Peoples

2 The Housing and Urban Development portfolio includes all housing-related matters (other than regulation of the building and construction sector) and incorporates the responsibilities formerly included within the Social Housing and HCNZ portfolios.

3 The Education portfolio also incorporates responsibility for the tertiary education and skills components formerly included within the Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment portfolio.

4 The Social Development portfolio includes responsibility for the Social Investment Agency and Board.

Portfolios Other responsibilities
10 Dr David Clark
Minister of Health Associate Minister of Finance
11 Hon David Parker
Attorney-General

Minister for Economic Development Minister  for the  Environment Minister for Trade and Export Growth

Associate Minister of Finance
12 Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Minister for Māori Development Minister of Local Government Associate Minister for the Environment
13 Stuart Nash
Minister of Police Minister of Fisheries Minister of Revenue

Minister for Small Business

14 Iain Lees-Galloway
Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Minister of Immigration

Minister for ACC

Deputy Leader of the House

 

15 Jenny Salesa
Minister for Building and Construction Minister for Ethnic Communities Associate Minister of Education Associate Minister of Health

Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development

16 Hon Damien O’Connor
Minister  of  Agriculture Minister for Biosecurity Minister for Food Safety Minister for Rural Communities Associate Minister of Trade and Export Growth
17 Clare Curran
Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media

Minister for Government Digital Services

Associate Minister for ACC

Associate Minister of State Services (Open Government)

Ron Mark
Minister of Defence Minister for Veterans
Tracey Martin
Minister for Children Minister of Internal Affairs Minister for Seniors Associate Minister of Education
Hon Shane Jones
Minister of Forestry Minister for Infrastructure

Minister for Regional Economic Development

Associate Minister of Finance Associate Minister of Transport
 

MINISTERS OUTSIDE CABINET

Portfolios Other responsibilities
Kris Faafoi
Minister of Civil Defence

Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Associate Minister of Immigration
Peeni Henare
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector

Minister for Whānau Ora Minister for Youth

Associate Minister for Social Development
Willie Jackson
Minister of Employment 5 Associate Minister for Māori Development
Aupito William Sio
Minister for Pacific Peoples Associate Minister for Courts Associate Minister of Justice
Meka Whaitiri
Minister of Customs Associate Minister of Agriculture

Associate Minister for Crown/Māori Relations

Associate Minister of Local Government

 

SUPPORT PARTY MINISTERS

Portfolios Other responsibilities
James Shaw
Minister for Climate Change Minister of Statistics Associate Minister of Finance
Julie Anne Genter
Minister for Women Associate Minister of Health Associate Minister of Transport
Eugenie Sage
Minister of Conservation

Minister for Land Information

Associate Minister for the Environment

5 The Employment portfolio includes employment components of the Social Development portfolio and the former Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment portfolio.

 

PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARIES

Michael Wood
Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities
Fletcher Tabuteau
Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister for Regional Economic Development

Jan Logie
Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the

Minister of Justice (Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues)

 

41 comments on “The new cabinet”

  1. roy cartland 1

    I seriously hope NZF can shelve their smacking-referendum with Tracy Martin as Min4Kids. Don’t need that spectre raised again.

    • Karen 1.1

      Don’t worry – that was a throw away dog whistle policy that was brought up during their campaign but that they knew they would never get. In fact, I would put money on it never once being raised during coalition talks.

      You can now confidently ignore all NZF policy that hasn’t been included in the coalition agreement.

  2. Ad 2

    Gutsy risk by Ardern to take on that “Child Poverty Reduction” portfolio knowing she will be held to account for measurable fall in child poverty at the next election.

    Great to see Little get substantial stuff.

    Twyford looks like he’s the new Robert Moses.

    Job to envy:
    Shane Jones gets Minister of Regional Economic Development. 3 years to spend $1 billion dollars.

    • mac1 2.1

      Some things are more important than the risk involved. Progress involves risk.

      Ardern’s move here is placing a very large marker as to where her priorities are.

      Good for her.

      Child poverty should be anathema to any on the left.

      And for many on the right.

      Only the blamers, the scrooges, the narcissistic, the truly selfish could see otherwise.

    • cleangreen 2.2

      Yes Ad,

      I really like phil as he is very feisty and good at handling agnostics like Joyce, parliament will now be an intersting specticle.

  3. ianmac 3

    And Trevor Mallard for Speaker?

  4. Karen 4

    Māori MPs have 18 portfolios between them and Nanaia Mahuta becomes the first woman to get Māori Development (used to be Māori Affairs). Out of the 28 Ministers 8 are Māori – the most ever. Also, there are 4 Pasifika Ministers. Still not enough women – 10 out of 28.

    Andrew Little gets the Treaty Negotiations portfolio and this has been positively received by Māori who work in this area. Some have suggested it should be a Māori MP but, as Morgan Godfrey has said, whakapapa can make this a tricky role – perception-wise if not in reality.

    • weka 4.1

      always appreciate your insight into Māori politics.

      Glad that Little has an important role in the new govt.

    • Matthew Whitehead 4.2

      I’m glad that at least he’s been positively received. Seemed like a bit of an outside pick, and if you were going to give the role to someone Pakeha, that Parker would have been the obvious choice.

      • Karen 4.2.1

        Andrew has excellent negotiating skills from his time as head of EPMU and later as Labour Party leader managing to unite a fractious caucus. Parker, not so much.

        It may seem strange having a Pākehā in this role when there are so many Māori MPs but the problem is that you would need to exclude anyone with whakapapa links to the outstanding settlements and this, coupled with not giving cabinet positions to new MPs, means the choice gets very limited. The new ministerial position of Crown/Māori relationships is the post that absolutely need to be with Māori, and it is.

    • tracey 4.3

      Thanks Karen

      I am a lil concerned at how big Shane Jones ego will be with all those things to control…

      Thrilled for Little and NZ over his appointments. His union work and brief time as Leader will serve him well with Pike River

      • Karen 4.3.1

        Could Shane Jones’ ego get any bigger without his head exploding?

        I am pleased with what he hasn’t got – Trade or Foreign Affairs would have meant him swanning around with a credit card embarrassing NZ on a world stage.

  5. mosa 5

    Good to see Sage getting associate minister for the environment.

    I thought Little would have got employment relations but he is going to be very busy with Justice and the spies.

    Curran may be a lightweight when it comes to the broadcasting portfolio and digital services.
    A hardhitter would have been better and signal that we need change in this area.

    Good to see Michael Wood as parliamentary under secretary for ethnic affairs.
    His move to the cabinet will be sooner rather than later.

    Shane Jones will be busy planting millions of trees…..that will be a minister to watch.

    Tracey Martin will make her prescence felt in the childrens area.

    A good strong cabinet and executive council to start making those changes…well done Jacinda.

  6. mosa 6

    Who is cabinet secretary ???

  7. Carolyn_nth 7

    I did think Andrew Little would get the spy/intelligence agencies – sensible – with responsibility to Ardern as Minister for Intelligence and Security.

    Surprise that Genter gets Minister for Women and not Logie.

    • Matthew Whitehead 7.1

      That’s definitely a surprise, given that it’s long been Logie’s role, but it makes me wonder if this was simply an equation around the fact that they only wanted to give the Greens three ministers in terms of picking Julie Anne and giving Jan Logie the undersecretary role, given that Jan is the one with the actual experience in that portfolio. That said, she’ll be stoked to be representing the interests of survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and Julie Anne is also a pretty fierce feminist and will be a great advocate for women too, so I don’t think it’s a bad pick at all.

  8. Matthew Whitehead 8

    Not a huge fan of Little as Treaty Negotiations Minister. I suppose as Justice Minister it’s technically within his wheelhouse, but it sends the wrong sort of signals in 2017 for a Labour government to put a Pakeha in charge of treaty negotiations. There’s also not the excuse that the AG is typically heavily involved in Treaty Negotiations, because Parker is the AG. Not one of the options I had anticipated there.

    That said, Davis being in charge of post-negotiation relations, and the establishment of that portfolio too, sends an excellent signal, so the two may balance nicely.

    They managed to not give O’Connor anything he could screw up, although as expected Police went to someone who totally shouldn’t have the portfolio. Curran is still in Cabinet for some reason, and needs to be moved on ASAP.

    Other than that though, I largely endorse the lineup, the only thing I’m a little iffy on in terms of NZF is giving Tracy Martin DIA. She’s one of the best sorts in NZF, but it’s not a party that I feel hugely comfortable having a main Internal Affairs minister from.

    Great roles for all the Green Ministers, having Salesa on building and construction should be good, and it looks like they have indeed split up MBIE between Nash, Woods, Jackson and Twyford.

    There are a surprising amount of associate finance ministers, though. I don’t think any portfolio has previously had this many, right?

  9. Kat 9


    Been humming this all day long…………………………….

  10. Matthew Whitehead 10

    First test coming up for Carmel Sepuloni and Peeni Henare the day after they’re sworn in, btw- apparently MSD is going to court on Friday to sue people to say that money borrowed to feed their children counts as income. Hopeful that new ministers will instruct this case to be dropped and order a review of all other similar cases in advance of their dropping punitive welfare rules.

    edit: See also this thread on twitter by Russel Brown:

    Pretty monstrous stuff.

    • eco Maori/kiwi 10.1

      Good link Matthew how does someone become a crown lawyer with that logical way of thinking . Answer national have been in power for 9 years and there neo liberal logic is that beneficiarty’s are not Human.

      • Matthew Whitehead 10.1.1

        Speaking as someone who’s worked in insurance… you convince them that financial obligations and legal technicalities are more important than human lives. Putting aside the situations where you’re obliged not to help people is literally part of the job in certain professions. It’s distressingly easy to train yourself to think that way, it’s the same thing we do when we train ourselves to me okay eating meat, or other things that are ethically grey.

        It’s just so ridiculously out of proportion and lacking in all perspective regarding their actual obligations to help people. If someone needs to borrow money to survive on a benefit, that’s a failing of MSD, not some sort of scheme to hide “income” from them, and they shouldn’t be suing people on the off chance they win the lottery, that’s insane and not worth the actual costs. There are points you need to realise that the rules are broken and need to be changed, and there are sometimes when the rules seem wrong when you see an individual case but overall they’re working as they should. This is the former, not the latter.

    • Karen 10.2

      Probably too late to stop this case going ahead given they are only sworn in tomorrow but hopefully they will stop any more cases that are underway getting any further.

      Monstrous stuff indeed.

      • Matthew Whitehead 10.2.1

        If they’re up to date on these cases, (and people following them have been contacting the new Minister and her associate) then they can simply order their lawyers to drop the case and put all similar cases on review pending consistency with their new policies. Even if for some reason they can’t instruct the ministry in time to drop proceedings on Friday, if things aren’t fully resolved that day they can always instruct them to settle the cases in a way that doesn’t require repayment.

        That is of course, assuming they take their promise to the Greens to stop excessive penalties seriously.

        I won’t hold it against her if she doesn’t succeed in stopping these particular cases due to time constraints, so long as Minister Sepuloni tries something, and manages to stop future ones from going ahead.

    • Craig H 10.3

      Soft loans (loans from family with no repayment terms or interest) can be considered taxable income, so I guess I can vaguely see where the family loans might be income, but really, if they paid it back, it clearly wasn’t a soft loan.

      That aside, that is almost cartoonishly evil.

  11. rhinocrates 11

    Hipkins, Education. Phuque, as Chaucer would say. Not a surprise, but fucking fucketey fuck.

    How about a fucking scholar, someone who knows and appreciates what fucking universities are fucking for, instead of this cocksucking backstabbing Mallard Mini-Me, fuck it!?

    Jesus tap-dancing Christ in a sidecar!

    And Robertson? Minister of Doing Nothing and Taking Credit for Other People’s Work is too much. Minister of Compost is too much, but i understand that this is politics. Fuck.

    Also: Shit!

    And Fuck!

    Also Fuck!

    And Fuck!

    So there!

    Well, if it keeps his knives sheathed, okay…

    But he’s still a toxic, parasitic prick.

    (Oh, and if anyone wants to criticise me me for using the f-word too much: fuck fuck fuck fuckety fucking fuck… and fuck. Alright, I’m trolling. To quote Oscar Wilde {really}, good taste is the first refuge of the witless)

    OK, not to be a complete misery-guts, while I saw that Little was a hopeless leader, I am very pleased to see his new posting. It shows great maturity by Jacinda Ardern. Also, Ron Marks’ appointment as MoD is fully appropriate. Winston Peter’s appointment as DPM was obvious, but his re-appointment as MoFA is great.

    Pablo’s cautions about the need for appropriate talent and experience in defence and intelligence portfolios have been answered, I think.

    I am disappointed by the Greens’ relative lack of influence, but I really respect their understanding of the long game.

    The fact is, as a far-left liberal (is there such a thing?), I’d love to have my utopia achieved, and unicorns and chocolate and box sets of Twin Peaks for all, I nonetheless understand that there is a real conservative streak to NZ society, and that streak is served by NZ1st, not National. Now I hope that it works!

    So in balance, HOORAY!

  12. eco Maori/kiwi 12

    I’m not up with the play of whom has the skills to do what . But what I would like to no that all the members of our new government have been given a briefing of all the shady people that will try and trip them up set them up all sorts of tricks will be coming at them so be on your toes people. ka pai

  13. rhinocrates 13

    Good for Nanaia!

    She’s been much disparaged by racists such as Screechy McHooton (he may deny that he’s a racist, but he can’t say or write the word “Maori” without prefixing it with “lazy” and “stupid”), but she has a good rep with her constituents.

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