Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


Smiles As Ministerial Employment Contracts Signed

All Smiles As Ministerial Employment Contracts Signed

Article and pictures by Kevin List

Click for big version
New Minister Clayton Cosgrove and the Prime Minister


Mr Peters and Mr Dunne

Beneath an unsmiling portrait of Queen Victoria, a couple of likely lads in the shape of Winston Peters and Peter Dunne made up the numbers for the third successive Labour/Jim Anderton Government.

The general vibe of the afternoon was cheery with Mr Peters flashing a magnificent smile as he went up for a handshake with the Governor-General. Mr Dunne looked pretty chuffed as well, his dreams no doubt filled with tax spreadsheets and plans for common sense revenue gathering.

Later that evening Mr Dunne's smile may have wilted somewhat as he read the latest political column from his former law and order spokesperson, Mr Marc Alexander. Mr Alexander hypothesised that United Future would be a party of one after the next election and that due to losing "two useless appendages" Mr Dunne would be "liberated from endless soliloquies about the perils of the great moral outrages of the day."

Many of the cheery folk enjoying a balmy spring evening at Government House may also have had their spirits somewhat dampened by the news that the national carrier (Air NZ) wants to dump a few hundred or so jobs.

However, for a few glorious hours the prospect of eyeballing Don Brash and Gerry Brownlee from close quarters in the House slipped into a hazy background. Instead there would have been the thought of who would enjoy the sea views of Wellington Harbour in Bowen House and who would be enjoying the disorienting lift ride up to the higher floors of the Beehive.

If the Devil was planning to get Ministers such as Steve Maharey or Annette King on-side then this was possibly his only window of opportunity. There seemed little chance that these gluttons for punishment would have idle hands in their new Education and Police portfolios.

Probably the biggest smiles of the evening were reserved for those storming the bastions of the Beehive for either the first time (Winnie Laban, Clayton Cosgrove and David Parker) or the honourable member who was returning after a wee spell on the sidelines - Lianne Dalziel.


There were no slip ups during the calling of the Minister's names – just good quality diction

Returning to the ministerial gang - Lianne Dalziel

Mahara Okeroa is contemplative during the ceremony

David Cunliffe enjoys the moment before stepping into the Minister of Immigration's shoes

Winnie Laban and Peter Dunne

Clayton Cosgrove heads off for some ministerial mingling

Gluttons for punishment - Steve Maharey is off to tackle Education while Annette King takes over the Police portfolio

Parekura Horomia (Maori Affairs) and Ruth Dyson (Labour) are all smiles

The class of 2005

Click for big version


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: ‘Disruption’ Is For Losers

Disruption – anarchic, dynamic, table-tipping, mould-breaking, consensus-shattering disruption – has become part of every corporate bout of auto-hype to the faddish point where the term has lost any useful meaning it might once have had. More>>


Werewolf: Coney Island (And The Trumps), Baby

Like much of that part of the coast, and given the storm surges of Hurricane Sandy, Coney Island should be occupied only by clumps of grass and seabirds. Instead there are 60,000 people in multi-storey apartment buildings living among the faded remnants of a once-spectacular fantasyland.. More>>


Gordon Campbell:
On Corbyn, Trump And Outsider Politics

Jeremy Corbyn elevated to the leadership of Britain’s Labour Party! Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on the rise in the US… On both sides of the Atlantic, these are dark days for the political Establishment. More>>


Operation Chrysalis: A New Beginning For Scoop

On December 19th 2014 the Scoop Team set out on a project called "Operation Chrysalis". We decided to turn Scoop's 16 year old online news publishing business into a new kind of news business, one connected directly to its readers, owned by a not-for-profit and based on a new business model. More>>


Keith Rankin: The Economy - What's It For?

I re-watched the Q+A 'immigration debate' screenedon 23 August. In light of recent events, the discussion already seems very dated. The underlying assumptions were that the economy is a system in which production growth is pretty much the sole objective, and that migration policy must serve this end of output maximisation... More>>

Until Dawn: Pick Your Own Horrible Adventure

Suppermassive Games’ Until Dawn sees a group of dumb sexy teenagers take a trip to a spooky mansion atop a mountain. It is, obviously, a horror game. However, the game is so ridiculous it turns out to be more of a comedy. Until Dawn begins with ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news