Labour's shadow Cabinet announced
Labour's shadow Cabinet
Labour Party Leader Phil Goff today announced Labour's shadow Cabinet and spokesperson allocation.
"Labour's line up has a strong mix of experienced MPs including many who have a track record and proven competency as Ministers, together with fresh, talented newcomers.
"With a caucus of 43, we have a strong
talent pool to draw from. Our 13 new MPs represent diverse
backgrounds, and are the best qualified and strongest intake
into the Labour caucus since 1984.
They are an able and competent group who will grow with experience and will be ready to make a big contribution to an incoming sixth Labour Government in 2011.
"As I announced last week, David Cunliffe is finance spokesperson and Darren Hughes and Steve Chadwick are the Senior and Junior Opposition Whips respectively.
"Deputy leader Annette King will also be Labour's social development spokesperson. Parekura Horomia is Maori affairs spokesperson, and Chris Carter education.
"The front bench has five newcomers in Ruth Dyson (health), Clayton Cosgrove (law and order, SoEs), Nanaia Mahuta (environment and tourism), Maryan Street (trade and tertiary education), and Darren Hughes (transport).
"Newer and younger members of Caucus such as Darren Hughes, Charles Chauvel and Moana Mackey have been promoted into the shadow cabinet, together with Winnie Laban and Sue Moroney.
"Helen Clark (foreign affairs and arts, culture and heritage) and Michael Cullen (Shadow Leader of the House and Treaty of Waitangi negotiations) will provide guidance and expertise to our Caucus. I am delighted that they and other former senior ministers will be available to help newer MPs develop the skills they need to be an effective Opposition.
"Jim Anderton who has worked seamlessly with Labour over nine years in Government has agreed to continue formal cooperation with Labour and will be agriculture spokesperson.
"I have attached a full list of members and the roles allocated to them, together with a brief outline on the background of new caucus members.
"The team is ready to get to work immediately. We will be a constructive Opposition willing to work with other parties including those in Government where it is in the interests of New Zealand to do so. We will however also perform the role of holding the Government to account. This will be necessary as we have already seen within days of the election, the National Party backtracking on its election promises such as in the area of the emissions trading scheme", Phil Goff said.
Labour's shadow Cabinet and wider portfolio allocations
1.Phil Goff Leader, SIS
2.Annette King Deputy Leader, Social Development
3.David Cunliffe Finance
4.Ruth Dyson Health
5.Parekura Horomia Maori Affairs, Fisheries
6.Clayton Cosgrove Law & Order (incl Police & Corrections), SOEs, Assoc. Finance
7.Chris Carter Education (overall - compulsory), Ethnic Affairs
8.Nanaia Mahuta Environment, Tourism, Assoc. Maori Affairs
9.Maryan Street Trade, Tertiary Education
10.Darren Hughes Senior Whip, Transport
11.David Parker A-G, Electoral Reform, ACC, Assoc. Finance
12.Shane Jones Local Government, Building & Construction, Infrastructure
13.Trevor Mallard Labour, Economic Development, Sports & Recreation
14.Lianne Dalziel Justice, Commerce
15.Charles Chauvel Climate Change, Energy, Assoc. Commerce
16.Pete Hodgson Immigration, Defence
Helen Clark Foreign Affairs, Arts, Culture & Heritage
Michael Cullen Shadow Leader of the House, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
17.Winnie Laban Pacific Island Affairs, Assoc. Health (Aged Care), Assoc. Economic Development
18. Moana Mackey Rural Affairs, Research & Development, Science & Technology
19.Steve Chadwick Junior Whip, Conservation
20.Sue Moroney Women's Affairs, Education - ECE
21.Rick Barker Courts, Veterans Affairs
22. Ross Robertson Small Business, Senior Citizens, Racing, Assoc. Disarmament & Arms Control
23.George Hawkins Housing
24. Mita Ririnui Forestry, Assoc. Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Assoc. Agriculture
25. Lynn Pillay Disability Issues, Assoc. Justice - Victims Rights
26. Ashraf Choudhary Food Safety, Agricultural Science, Assoc. Ethnic Affairs
27. Darien Fenton Transport Safety, Assoc. Labour
28. Su'a William Sio Customs, Assoc. Pacific Island Affairs, Assoc. Local Government
New members, alphabetical order
29.Jacinda Ardern Youth Affairs, Assoc. Justice - Youth Justice
30.Carol Beaumont Consumer Affairs, Assoc. Labour
31.Brendon Burns Broadcasting, Assoc. Environment - Water Quality
32. Clare Curran Communications & IT
33.Kelvin Davis Biosecurity, Assoc. Education
34.Chris Hipkins Internal Affairs, Assoc. Energy
35.Raymond Huo Law Commission, Statistics, Assoc. Ethnic Affairs
36. Iain Lees-Galloway Land Information, Assoc. Defence, Assoc. Health - Drugs & Alcohol
37.Stuart Nash Revenue, Assoc. Trade, Assoc. Forestry
38. Rajen Prasad Voluntary & Community Sector, Assoc. Ethnic Affairs, Assoc. Social Development - Family & CYF
39.Grant Robertson State Services, Assoc. Arts, Culture & Heritage, Assoc. Foreign Affairs
40.Carmel Sepuloni Civil Defence, Assoc. Tertiary Education, Assoc. Social Development
41. Phil Twyford Disarmament & Arms Control, Auckland Issues, Assoc. Foreign Affairs - Development Assistance
Progressive Leader Jim Anderton - Agriculture