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National Reshuffle Announced

Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley has today announced a significant reshuffle of portfolios for her MPs.

The attached list details the new portfolios for National's 39 MPs. Please note that the order in which MPs names are listed does not represent their rankings under the new portfolio allocations. The final rankings will only be known after the election of a new Deputy Leader and Junior Whip on the first day of National's three day caucus in Napier. Those rankings will be announced on that day, Wednesday February 7.

In terms of National's nine member front-bench Gerry Brownlee and Bob Simcock will be promoted to that group in the new rankings. They will fill vacancies on the front-bench created by the movement of Wyatt Creech and John Luxton to National's middle-bench.


Jenny Shipley Leader
Wyatt Creech Shadow Minister of State
Associate Foreign Affairs
Associate Revenue
Bill English Finance
Superannuation for Future Retirees
Roger Sowry Leader of the House
State Services
Max Bradford Foreign Affairs
Disarmament and Arms Control
Associate Finance
John Luxton International Trade Negotiations & Inward Investment
Economic & Regional Development
Nick Smith Sustainable Development
Spokesperson Responsible for Provinces
Lockwood Smith Labour and Industrial Relations
Associate Finance
Tony Ryall Police
Murray McCully Local Government
Accident Insurance
Spokesperson Responsible for Auckland
Maurice Williamson Tertiary Education
Information Technology
Research, Science and Technology
Bob Simcock Social Services
Work and Income
David Carter Tourism
John Carter Senior Whip
Deputy Leader of the House
Civil Defence and Emergency Services
Gerry Brownlee Education
Belinda Vernon Transport
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Georgina Te Heuheu Maori Affairs
Treaty Negotiations
Wayne Mapp Justice
Associate Treaty Negotiations
Gavan Herlihy Agriculture
Associate International Trade and Inward Investment
Annabel Young Revenue
Associate Education
Education Review Office
Brian Neeson Corrections
Associate Economic & Regional
Eric Roy Biosecurity and Border Control
Associate Agriculture
Associate Fisheries
Doug Kidd Fisheries
Fisheries Commission
Clem Simich Attorney General
Political Advisor Electoral Boundary Changes
Marie Hasler Immigration and Population
Consumer Affairs
Warren Kyd Small Business
Compliance Costs
Tony Steel Sport, Fitness and Leisure
Associate Tertiary Education
Teacher and Industry Training
Pansy Wong Ethnic Affairs
Associate Commerce
Arthur Anae Pacific Island Affairs
Associate Housing
Shane Ardern Rural Affairs
Associate Agriculture
Spokesperson for Rural New Zealand
Phil Heatley Forestry
Paul Hutchison Crown Research Institutes
Associate Research, Science and Technology
Associate Health
Simon Power Youth Affairs
Associate Labour
Associate Sustainable Development
Katherine Rich Broadcasting
National Library
National Archives

Lynda Scott Senior Citizens
Superannuation for Current Retirees
Associate Health
Lindsay Tisch Internal Affairs
Anne Tolley Women's Affairs
Early Childhood Education
Richard Worth Courts
Veterans' Affairs
Associate Justice
Associate Attorney-General
Alec Neill Communications
Associate Commerce
Associate Justice

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