Goff makes changes to shadow Cabinet, portfolios
5 May 2009 Media Statement
Goff announces changes to shadow Cabinet and portfolio allocations
Labour Leader Phil Goff has today unveiled changes to his shadow Cabinet following the departure of the Rt Hon Helen Clark and Hon Michael Cullen, and the return of Hon Damien O’Connor.
“Both Michael and Helen made huge contributions to the party and New Zealand but the time has come to move forward,” Phil Goff said.
“I have also taken this opportunity to reallocate a number of portfolios within caucus.
Phil Goff said Chris Carter will take over the role of Opposition spokesperson on Foreign Affairs.
“Chris’ track record as a strong Minister of Ethnic Affairs and his excellent knowledge interest and international contacts will stand him in good stead to take on that role,” Phil Goff said.
“Trevor Mallard will return to Labour’s front bench to take over as Labour’s education spokesperson. Trevor is an experienced and effective Opposition MP. He is ideal for the job and well respected in the sector given his previous role as Minister of Education and his intimate knowledge of Education.
Shane Jones will take on the Economic Development and Environment portfolios.
“Shane’s commercial experience, work on the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission and his qualifications will make him valuable for the Labour with his new roles,” Phil Goff said.
Nanaia Mahuta has relinquished her role as Environment spokesperson and has taken on Maori social development. At her own request for personal reasons, she has moved off the front bench.
Other changes are outlined in the attached document.
“Labour is proving to be an effective Opposition party and the regional visits being made by myself and other caucus members to reconnect with the electorate are being warmly welcomed,” Phil Goff said.
“National faces challenging times. All eyes will be on the Government’s upcoming Budget for the first signs of a comprehensive plan to get New Zealand out of the recession.
“Labour will keep the pressure on John Key and his Government to ensure that the concerns of hardworking Kiwis are being taken seriously.
“As I said last year after taking over the leadership, I will be revisiting portfolio allocations in a year’s time,” Phil Goff said.
Labour’s shadow Cabinet and wider portfolio allocations as at May 2009
New responsibilities in BOLD
1. Phil Goff Leader
King Deputy Leader
3. David Cunliffe Finance
4. Ruth Dyson Health
Horomia Maori Affairs
Cosgrove Law & Order (including Police & Corrections)
7. Chris Carter Foreign
8. Maryan Street Trade
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
9. Darren Hughes Shadow Leader of the
10. David Parker Shadow
Jones Economic Development
Rugby World Cup
13. Nanaia Mahuta Maori Social Development
14. Lianne Dalziel Justice
15. Charles Chauvel Climate Change
17. Winnie Laban Pacific
Assoc. Health (Aged Care)
Assoc. Economic Development
Spokesperson Interfaith Dialogue
18. Moana Mackey Housing
Research & Development
Science & Technology
Chadwick Junior Whip
Arts Culture and Heritage
Moroney Women’s Affairs
Education – ECE
Robertson Small Business
Assoc. Disarmament & Arms Control
23. George Hawkins Local Government
24. Damien O’Connor Rural
Assoc. Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
26. Lynne Pillay Disability Issues
Assoc. Justice - Victims Rights
Choudhary Food Safety
Assoc. Ethnic Affairs
Assoc. Research and Development
Darien Fenton Transport Safety
29. Su’a William Sio Customs
Assoc. Pacific Island Affairs
Assoc. Local Government
2008 intake in alphabetical order:
30. Jacinda Ardern Youth Affairs
Assoc. Justice – Youth Justice
Beaumont Consumer Affairs
Assoc. Environment – Water Quality
33. Clare Curran Communications & IT
34. Kelvin Davis Tourism
Assoc Maori Affairs
Hipkins Internal Affairs
Sport and Recreation
36. Raymond Huo Law Commission
Assoc. Ethnic Affairs
Lees-Galloway Land Information
Assoc. Health – Drugs & Alcohol
38. Stuart Nash Revenue
Assoc. Trade, Assoc. Forestry
Prasad Voluntary & Community Sector
Assoc. Ethnic Affairs
Assoc. Social Development – Family & CYF
40. Grant Robertson State Services
Assoc. Arts, Culture & Heritage
Assoc. Foreign Affairs
Sepuloni Civil Defence
Assoc. Tertiary Education
Assoc. Social Development
Twyford Disarmament & Arms Control
Assoc. Foreign Affairs – Development Assistance
Progressive Leader Jim Anderton - Agriculture