Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has unveiled her government's ministerial portfolios.
Here's a quick summary of the key positions:
- Deputy PM: Grant Robertson
- Finance: Grant Robertson
- Housing: Megan Woods
- Transport: Michael Wood
- Health: Andrew Little
- Covid-19 Response: Chris Hipkins
- Infrastructure: Grant Robertson
- Education: Chris Hipkins
- Social Development and Employment: Carmel Sepuloni
- Foreign Affairs: Nanaia Mahuta
- Environment: David Parker
- Small Business: Stuart Nash
- Economic and Regional Development: Stuart Nash
- Tourism: Stuart Nash
- Justice: Kris Faafoi
- Immigration: Kris Faafoi
- Police: Poto Williams
- Revenue: David Parker
- Commerce and Consumer Affairs: David Clark
- Agriculture: Damien O’Connor
- Energy: Megan Woods
- Trade and Export Growth: Damien O’Connor
- Local Government: Nanaia Mahuta
- Conservation: Kiri Allan
- Forestry: Stuart Nash
- Māori Crown Relations: Kelvin Davis
- Children: Kelvin Davis
- Climate Change: James Shaw
- Corrections: Kelvin Davis
- State-owned Enterprises: David Clark
- Statistics: David Clark
- Māori Development: Willie Jackson
- Defence: Peeni Henare
See the full list here.
In an unusual move, Ardern has brought the new MP, Ayesha Verrall, into Cabinet and given her the Associate Health Minister portfolio. Verrall is an infectious diseases physician.
Phil Twyford, who was number four on the list, has been booted out of Cabinet. His Urban Development portfolio has also been disestablished.
The associate housing portfolios are for homelessness, Maori housing and public housing.
Housing Minister Megan Woods will presumably oversee the new powers Kainga Ora has (but is yet to use), which enable it to fast-track large-scale housing developments.
Environment Minister David Parker will also continue to oversee the Resource Management Act review.
Here's a press release from Ardern:
Experienced Ministers will hold key economic recovery and ongoing COVID response portfolios in the new Cabinet line-up announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today.
“The next three years will be very challenging for New Zealand. With the global outlook worsening we won’t be immune to the ongoing impact Covid is having around the world,” Jacinda Ardern said.
“With this in mind the new Labour Government will have two overarching priorities: to drive our economic recovery from Covid-19, and to continue our health response to keep New Zealanders safe from the virus.
“In what will be a difficult environment it’s critical we have our most experienced Ministers leading the ongoing Covid response to keep New Zealanders safe from the virus and to accelerate our plan for economic recovery.
“Grant Robertson will become Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Infrastructure Minister; drawing together the key portfolios central to that economic recovery.
“Our recovery plan includes $42 billion of infrastructure investment that will create jobs and ensure our economic recovery also delivers much needed improvements to our roads and public transport, to schools, hospitals and housing, while also continuing to support our regions.
“Chris Hipkins becomes the Minister for COVID-19 Response. This is a new role that will give the Minister responsibility for all aspects of our ongoing response, including the running of managed isolation facilities, our border defences as well as our health response including our testing and contact tracing systems and managing any resurgence of the virus.
“Andrew Little will become the Minister of Health, driving overdue reforms of the system aimed at improving health outcomes for all New Zealanders. He will be supported by Peeni Henare and Dr Ayesha Verrall who will focus on Maori Health and Public Health respectively.
“Nanaia Mahuta will become the Minister of Foreign Affairs – the first woman in our nation’s history appointed to hold the portfolio. She will bring the experience she has already built with an Associate Trade and Export Growth portfolio in the last term,” Jacinda Ardern said.
“I am excited by this team. They bring experience from the ground, and from within politics. But they also represent renewal and reflect the New Zealand we live in today.
“We know we have a big job ahead of us, but the skills, experience and commitment this team brings to the task is invaluable,” Jacinda Ardern said.