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National unveils strong Opposition team

2 November 2017

National unveils strong Opposition team

National Party Leader Bill English has unveiled a strong Opposition team which will hold the Government to account and ensure it does not squander the opportunities New Zealanders have created for our country in recent years.

“New Zealand is doing well, with low unemployment, thousands of jobs being created every month, strong public services and New Zealanders getting ahead,” Mr English says.

“That’s a direct result of the hard work and dedication of New Zealanders who have operated confidently with the support of a clear and consistent economic plan and a government focused on achieving measurable results.

“We will be pushing the new Government to maintain that success and that focus.

“Today I am announcing our Opposition lineup which makes the most use of our dedicated and talented caucus. We are the largest Opposition Party New Zealand has ever seen, and the largest party in Parliament. We will ensure we make those numbers count.

“I have ensured we make the most of the experience and knowledge of our former ministers, while also utilising the talents of our large caucus who are passionate about New Zealand’s future.

“All but the latest intake of MPs have been allocated portfolios. Those MPs will be given time to understand Parliamentary processes and work alongside our spokespeople, and be allocated portfolios in due course.

“We will be a strong and loyal Opposition. We are ambitious for New Zealand – and we remain committed to building a stronger, more confident and more prosperous nation.

“We will work tirelessly to ensure New Zealand continues to succeed and New Zealanders continue to get ahead, while holding the current Government to account on any decisions that place that progress at risk.”

Portfolio allocations with images: National_Party_Portfolios.pdf

National Party Spokesperson Allocations 2 November 2017

Spokesperson forAssociate roles
Rt Hon Bill English
Leader of the Opposition
National Security
Hon Paula Bennett
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Children
Women
Social Investment
Hon Steven JoyceFinance
Infrastructure
Hon Gerry BrownleeForeign Affairs
Fisheries
Land Information
Hon Simon BridgesShadow Leader of the House
Economic and Regional Development
Immigration
Hon Amy AdamsJustice
Workplace Relations and Safety (incl Pike River)
Hon Jonathan ColemanHealth
Sport and Recreation
Hon Christopher FinlaysonShadow Attorney General
Commerce
GCSB
NZSIS
Hon Judith CollinsTransport
Revenue
Hon Michael WoodhouseHousing
Social Housing
Hon Nathan GuyPrimary Industries
Hon Nikki KayeEducation
Hon Todd McClayTrade
State Services
Hon Paul GoldsmithTertiary Education, Skills and Employment
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Hon Louise UpstonSocial Development
Hon Anne TolleyNomination for Deputy Speaker
Rt Hon David CarterState Owned Enterprises
Hon Nick SmithForestry
Aquaculture
Hon Maggie BarryConservation
Hon Alfred NgaroCourts
Community and Voluntary Sector
Pacific Peoples
Hon Mark MitchellDefence
Hon Nicky WagnerDisability Issues
Hon Jacqui DeanTourism
Small Business
Hon David BennettFood Safety
Racing
Associate Immigration
Hon Tim MacindoeACC
Hon Scott SimpsonEnvironment
Planning
Jami-Lee RossSenior Whip
Local Government
Associate Transport
Barbara KurigerBiosecurity
Rural Communities
Junior Whip
Matt DooceyGreater Christchurch Regeneration
Mental Health
Third Whip
Kanwaljit Singh BakshiInternal AffairsAssociate Police
Melissa LeeBroadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
Ethnic Affairs
Jonathan YoungEnergy and Resources
Joanne HayesWhānau OraAssociate Children
Ian McKelvieSeniors
Veterans
Simon O’ConnorCorrections
Jian YangStatisticsAssociate Ethnic Affairs
Andrew BaylyBuilding RegulationAssociate Commerce
Chris BishopPolice
Youth
Sarah DowieEarly Childhood Education
Brett HudsonICT
Government Digital Services
Nuk KorakoTreaty of Waitangi Negotiations
Māori Development
Todd MullerClimate Change
Crown/Māori Relations
Parmjeet ParmarScience and Innovation
Shane RetiDataAssociate Health
Alastair ScottCustomsAssociate Regional Development
Stuart SmithCivil Defence
Earthquake Commission


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