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New Labour line-up announced

David
SHEARER
Labour Leader
19 December 2011 MEDIA STATEMENT

New Labour line-up announced

David Shearer today announced Labour’s new line-up that promotes new faces and focuses on Labour's priorities for a clean, green and innovative New Zealand that supports strong families and communities.

"Labour has a lot of work to do to refresh our connections with New Zealanders. I have built a team that brings forward new faces. They will have responsibility in the key areas we want to emphasise in developing our vision for New Zealand.

“I am also giving senior responsibilities to experienced MPs who will contribute to this new vision.

“We are going to change our tone and we are going to take a fresh look at our priorities.

"I am very proud of the team who will lead the change and help lead Labour into the future," David Shearer said.

“Our caucus is united, energised and ready for action. Labour has a fresh vision and a plan to grow our economy so that we make the most of our talented, creative workforce and create a country where all Kiwis can flourish.

“We want to put an end to the growing gap between the rich and the rest of New Zealand and believe the way forward is to nurture our innovative and creative sectors. That is reflected in the portfolios that feature prominently among Labour’s new line-up,” said David Shearer.

Labour’s reshuffle is based on a Shadow Cabinet with the top 20 MPs ranked, while the remaining members are not ranked but are listed in order based on their seniority.

David Shearer will hold the portfolio of Science and Innovation, indicating his commitment to this sector and its importance in terms of Labour’s economic plan.

Deputy Leader Grant Robertson will be responsible for the Environment, Tertiary Education, and Skills and Training portfolios, reinforcing our focus on a clean, green, clever New Zealand.

David Parker takes up Finance and Jacinda Ardern will be the new Social Development spokesperson.

David Cunliffe will responsible for Economic Development and will be an Associate Finance Spokesman.

Clayton Cosgrove has SOEs, Associate Finance, Commerce, Small Business and Trade Negotiations, Shane Jones has Regional Development and Associate Finance, while Nanaia Mahuta takes over Education.

“I am determined to make use of the talents all of our MPs have – with 34 MPs I need all my team contributing fully. Everyone has a significant responsibility.

“I have made clear that I will be looking closely at the performance of every MP and strong performers will be rewarded.

“This is a fresh start for Labour and is the beginning of the journey from Opposition back to Government in 2014”

See attached list for rankings and portfolio responsibilities.

MPPortfolios
1David ShearerLeader
Security Intelligence Service
Science and Innovation
2Grant RobertsonDeputy Leader
Environment
Tertiary Education, Skills and Training
3David ParkerFinance
4Jacinda Ardern Social Development
5David Cunliffe Economic Development
Associate Finance
6Clayton CosgroveSOEs
Commerce
Small Business
Trade Negotiations
Associate Finance
7Shane Jones Regional Development
Associate Finance
Economic Development (Māori)
Fisheries
8Nanaia Mahuta Education
Associate Māori Affairs (Social)
9Maryan Street Health
Disarmament and Arms Control
Associate Foreign Affairs
10Su’a William SioEmployment
Pacific Island Affairs
Inter-Faith Dialogue
Associate Foreign Affairs
11Phil TwyfordTransport
Auckland Issues
Associate Environment
12Trevor MallardShadow Leader of the House
Associate Finance
America’s Cup
13Charles ChauvelJustice (incl Courts and Corrections)
Attorney General
Arts, Culture and Heritage
14Lianne DalzielCanterbury Earthquake Recovery
Civil Defence and Emergency Management
Earthquake Commission
Consumer Rights and Standards
Associate Justice
15Chris HipkinsSenior Whip
State Services
Associate Education
16Phil Goff Foreign Affairs and Trade
17Annette King Housing
Local Government
18Darien FentonJunior Whip
Labour
Immigration
19Damien O’Connor Primary Industries
Food Safety
20Clare Curran Communications and Information Technology Broadcasting
Open Government
Disability Issues
Ruth Dyson Conservation
Senior Citizens
Internal Affairs
Parekura Horomia Māori Affairs
Treaty Negotiations
Sue Moroney Early Childhood Education
Womens Affairs
Moana Mackey Energy
Climate Change
Iain Lees-Galloway Defence
Transport Safety
Veterans Affairs
Associate Health (Alcohol and Drugs)
Raymond HuoBuilding and Construction
Statistics
Land Information
Rajen Prasad Ethnic Affairs
Associate Social Development
Kris Faafoi Police
Customs
Associate Health
Louisa Wall Sport and Recreation
Community and Voluntary Sector
David Clark Revenue
Associate Tertiary Education
Andrew LittleACC
Rino Tirikatene Tourism
Megan Woods Youth Affairs
Associate Science & Innovation
Ross RobertsonNominee for Assistant Speaker
Racing
Associate Disarmament (Small Arms)


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