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Ministerial portfolios allocated

19 October 2005 Media Statement

Ministerial portfolios allocated

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced a major reallocation of ministerial portfolio responsibilities.

Helen Clark said that the government was renewing and refreshing itself for the third term in government.

"Experienced ministers need new challenges and we have a significant number of new ministers to fill the slots of those retiring," said Helen Clark.

Key changes in allocation follow: -

- Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen continues as Minister of Finance and Leader of the House, as well as becoming Minister for Tertiary Education.

- Third ranked minister Jim Anderton takes on the major primary industry portfolios of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, together with biosecurity. I am keen to see a more strategic focus by government on how we work alongside these major industries which are critical to New Zealand's economy and export profile.

- Steve Maharey will become Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for the Education Review Office, while retaining the science portfolios and broadcasting.

- Phil Goff's huge experience and credibility in international relations will be invaluable in his new portfolios of Defence, and Disarmament and Arms Control. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a substantial trade component which Phil Goff will take responsibility for as Minister of Trade, and as Minister for Trade Negotiations when Jim Sutton retires from the portfolio at the end of the year. He also continues as Minister of Pacific Island Affairs.

- Annette King becomes Minister of State Services, including the co-ordinating responsibility for race relations, and Minister of Police. She continues as Minister for Food Safety, and she will act as an associate to Phil Goff in his Defence and Trade roles.

- Trevor Mallard becomes Minister for Economic Development, Industry and Regional Development, and State Owned Enterprises, while continuing as Minister for Sport and Recreation and Associate Minister of Finance.

- Pete Hodgson becomes Minister of Health and retains Land Information.

- Parekura Horomia continues as Minister of Maori Affairs with a range of associate portfolios.

- Mark Burton becomes Minister of Justice, Minister Responsible for the Law Commission and Minister of Local Government, and continues as Minister in Charge of Treaty Negotiations and Deputy Leader of the House.

- Ruth Dyson becomes Minister of Labour, and continues as Minister for ACC, Senior Citizens, Disability Issues, and as Associate Minister for Social Development (Child Youth and Family Service.)

- Chris Carter becomes Minister of Housing and continues as Minister of Conservation and Ethnic Affairs.

- Rick Barker becomes Minister of Internal Affairs, Civil Defence, Veterans Affairs, and continues as Minister for Courts.

- David Benson-Pope becomes Minister for Social Development and Employment, and Minister for the Environment.

- Lianne Dalziel becomes Minister of Commerce, Minister for Small Business, and Minister of Women's Affairs.

- Damien O'Connor becomes Minister of Corrections, Minister of Tourism, and continues as Minister for Rural Affairs and Associate Minister of Health.

- David Cunliffe becomes Minister of Immigration, continues as Minister of Communications and of Information Technology, and will be an Associate Minister for Economic Development.

- David Parker will be Minister of Energy, Minister of Transport, Attorney General, and Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues.

- Nanaia Mahuta will be Minister of Customs, Minister of Youth Affairs, and Associate Minister for the Environment and Local Government.

- Clayton Cosgrove will be Minister for Building Issues and Statistics, and Associate Minister of Finance, Immigration, and Justice.

- Jim Sutton will continue as Minister for Trade Negotiations until the end of the year.

- Judith Tizard continues her existing responsibilities as Minister of Consumer Affairs and as an associate across a range of portfolios, as well as becoming Minister Responsible for Archives New Zealand and for the National Library.

- Dover Samuels will continue his existing associate ministerial responsibilities.

- Harry Duynhoven continues as Minister for Transport Safety and Associate Minister of Energy.

- Mita Ririnui's responsibilities are unchanged.

- Winnie Laban becomes Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector with associate ministerial responsibilities in Pacific Island Affairs, Social Development and Employment, and Economic Development.

- Mahara Okeroa becomes an Associate Minister for Social Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage, and Conservation.

Ministers outside Cabinet from other parties with confidence and supply agreements are as already announced.

- Rt Hon Winston Peters: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Racing, and Associate Minister for Senior Citizens.

- Hon Peter Dunne: Minister of Revenue, Associate Minister of Health.

Helen Clark said the Commission Opening of Parliament will be on Monday 7 November, when MPs will be sworn in.

The State Opening and Speech from the Throne will be on Tuesday 8 November.

The House will have tributes to the late David Lange on Wednesday 9 November, and will begin the Address in Reply Debate on Thursday 10 November.

Ministerial List for announcement

19 October 2005




Other responsibilities


Rt Hon Helen Clark

Prime Minister

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage


Ministerial Services

Minister in Charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service

Minister Responsible for the GCSB


Hon Dr Michael Cullen

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister of Finance

Minister for Tertiary Education


Leader of the House




Hon Jim Anderton

Minister of Agriculture

Minister for Biosecurity

Minister of Fisheries

Minister of Forestry


Minister Responsible for the Public Trust

Associate Minister of Health

Associate Minister for Tertiary Education


Hon Steve Maharey

Minister of Education

Minister of Broadcasting

Minister of Research, Science and Technology

Minister for Crown Research Institutes


Minister Responsible for the Education Review Office


Hon Phil Goff

Minister of Defence

Minister of Trade

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs

Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control


Associate Minister for Trade Negotiations



Hon Annette King

Minister of State Services

Minister of Police

Minister for Food Safety


Associate Minister of Defence

Associate Minister of Trade

Coordinating Minister, Race Relations


Hon Trevor Mallard

Minister for Economic Development

Minister for Industry and Regional Development

Minister for State Owned Enterprises

Minister for Sport and Recreation


Associate Minister of Finance


Hon Pete Hodgson

Minister of Health

Minister for Land Information





Hon Parekura Horomia

Minister of Maori Affairs


Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment

Associate Minister of Education

Associate Minister of State Services

Associate Minister of Fisheries


Hon Mark Burton

Minister of Justice

Minister of Local Government

Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations


Deputy Leader of the House

Minister Responsible for the Law Commission


Hon Ruth Dyson

Minister of Labour

Minister for ACC

Minister for Senior Citizens


Minister for Disability Issues

Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF)


Hon Chris Carter

Minister of Conservation

Minister of Housing

Minister for Ethnic Affairs


Hon Rick Barker

Minister of Internal Affairs

Minister of Civil Defence

Minister for Courts

Minister of Veterans’ Affairs




Hon David Benson-Pope

Minister for Social Development and Employment

Minister for the Environment




Lianne Dalziel

Minister of Commerce

Minister of Women’s Affairs


Minister for Small Business


Hon Damien O’Connor

Minister of Corrections

Minister of Tourism


Minister for Rural Affairs

Associate Minister of Health


Hon David Cunliffe

Minister of Immigration

Minister of Communications

Minister for Information Technology


Associate Minister for Economic Development


David Parker

Minister of Energy

Minister of Transport


[Includes responsibility for Serious Fraud Office]


Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues




Nanaia Mahuta

Minister of Customs

Minister of Youth Affairs


Associate Minister for the Environment

Associate Minister of Local Government


Clayton Cosgrove

Minister for Building Issues

Minister of Statistics


Associate Minister of Finance

Associate Minister of Immigration

Associate Minister of Justice


Hon Jim Sutton

Minister for Trade Negotiations







Hon Judith Tizard

Minister of Consumer Affairs

Minister Responsible for Archives New Zealand

Minister Responsible for the National Library

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Associate Minister of Commerce

Associate Minister of Transport

Auckland Issues


Hon Dover Samuels

Minister of State

Associate Minister for Economic Development

Associate Minister for Industry and Regional Development

Associate Minister of Housing

Associate Minister of Tourism


Hon Harry Duynhoven

Minister for Transport Safety

Associate Minister of Energy


Hon Mita Ririnui

Minister of State


Associate Minister of Corrections

Associate Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations

Associate Minister of Forestry

Associate Minister of Health


Winnie Laban

Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector

Associate Minister of Pacific Island Affairs

Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment

Associate Minister for Economic Development


Mahara Okeroa

Minister of State




Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Associate Minister of Conservation





Rt Hon Winston Peters

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister for Racing


Associate Minister for Senior Citizens




Hon Peter Dunne

Minister of Revenue


Associate Minister of Health


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