Prime Minister John Key today announced the
National-led Government's new Ministry as it prepares to begin its third term
"There is a lot of work ahead to continue implementing
our plans to build a stronger economy, reduce debt and create more jobs," Mr
"The new Ministry builds on the experience of the past
two terms in office, and combines experience with some fresh talent.
"A number of Ministers have had significant portfolio
changes, reflecting the need to give Ministers new challenges as well as
providing a fresh set of eyes in some portfolio areas."
Mr Key says a number of Ministers have been promoted
either to the front bench, or further up the front bench, to reflect their
strong performance in recent years and their promise for the future.
"Paula Bennett has been promoted to number five in the
rankings, and picks up State Services, Social Housing and Associate Finance in
addition to retaining her Local Government portfolio.
"Dr Jonathan Coleman becomes Minister of Health, and
also picks up the Sport and Recreation portfolio, which will link nicely
"Amy Adams and Simon Bridges are promoted to the front
bench, both with significant new responsibilities. Ms Adams becomes Justice
Minister and Mr Bridges Transport Minister.
"Christopher Finlayson remains Treaty Negotiations
Minister and Attorney-General, while picking up significant new
responsibilities in the intelligence area. He becomes Minister in Charge of the
NZ Security Intelligence Service and Minister Responsible for the GCSB, working
closely with me in my new role as Minister for National Security and
"In this role I will continue to be responsible for
leading the national security system, including policy settings and the
legislative framework. Mr Finlayson will operate within the framework I set and
exercise ministerial oversight of the NZSIS and GCSB, including approval of
"Officials have examined models used overseas and what
we are adopting is very similar to what is seen with our closest partners.
"Housing continues to be a key area of focus for the
Government, and a Ministerial team of Bill English, Paula Bennett and Nick
Smith has been assembled to lead that work. Mr English will have direct
responsibility for Housing New Zealand; Ms Bennett will focus on social
housing, while Dr Smith will work on housing affordability and construction
issues. The Social Housing portfolio will have responsibility for the
government?s social housing functions, and for its relationship with the social
Other changes include:
- Gerry Brownlee becomes Minister of Defence, while retaining the role of
Leader of the House and his Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and EQC portfolios.
- Anne Tolley becomes Minister for Social Development.
Dr Nick Smith becomes Minister for the Environment.
Nikki Kaye becomes Minister for ACC.
Michael Woodhouse becomes Minister of Police. He also becomes Minister
for Workplace Relations and Safety - a new portfolio title to reflect the
modern focus of what had previously been the Labour portfolio.
Jo Goodhew becomes Minister for Food Safety.
Mr Key says, in announcing his new line up, three new
Ministers will be appointed. Maggie Barry is to go straight into Cabinet as
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Minister of Conservation and Minister
for Senior Citizens. Louise Upston and Paul Goldsmith will be Ministers outside
Cabinet holding a variety of portfolios.
"Two ministers previously outside Cabinet have been
promoted to Cabinet. Todd McClay will be Minister of Revenue and Minister for
State Owned Enterprises, while Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will be Minister of
Corrections, Minister for Ethnic Communities and Minister for Pacific Peoples.
"Craig Foss remains a Minister, but will now serve
outside Cabinet as Minister for Small Business, Minister of Statistics and
Minister of Veteran's Affairs.
"Chester Borrows will not be appointed to the new
Ministry. He will, however, be National?s nominee for Deputy Speaker, and I
want to thank Chester for his service as a Minister," Mr Key says.
A number of Ministers continue largely in their
current portfolio responsibilities. These include Steven Joyce in Economic
Development, Hekia Parata in Education, Murray McCully in Foreign Affairs,
Nathan Guy in Primary Industries, Tim Groser in Trade and Climate Change, and
Nicky Wagner in Customs.
"The support party Ministerial and Under Secretary
roles have already been announced, but I want to acknowledge again their
contribution to the formation of a strong, stable National-led Government.?
Mr Key says the National Caucus will meet tomorrow
(Tuesday 7 October) to elect its three whips for the coming parliamentary term.
The new Ministry will be sworn in at Government House
in Wellington at 11am on Wednesday morning.
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Attached: New Ministerial List & Notes on Changes