John Key’s Ministry

November 17th, 2008 at 3:24 pm by David Farrar

has announced his Ministry. There are 28 Ministers:

  1. Hon John Key, PM, Tourism
  2. Hon Bill English, Deputy PM, Finance, Infrastructure
  3. Hon Gerry Brownlee, Leader of the House, Economic Development, Energy & Resources,
  4. Hon Simon Power, Justice, SOEs, Commerce, Law Commission, Associate Finance, Deputy Leader of the House
  5. Hon Tony Ryall, Health, State Services
  6. Hon Dr Nick Smith, Environment, Climate Change, ACC
  7. Hon Judith Collins, Police, Corrections, Veterans’ Affairs
  8. Hon Anne Tolley, Education, Tertiary Education, ERO
  9. Hon Christopher Finlayson, Attorney-General, Treaty Negotiations, Arts & Culture
  10. Hon David Carter, Agriculture, Biosecurity, Forestry
  11. Hon Murray McCully, Foreign Affairs, Sport & Rec, Rugby World Cup
  12. Hon Tim Groser, Trade Negotiations, Conservation, Associate Foreign, Associate Climate Change
  13. Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, Defence, Research, Science & Tech, Associate Econ Dev, Associate Tertiary Ed
  14. Hon Steven Joyce, Transport, Comms/IT, Associate Finance, Associate Infrastructure
  15. Hon Georgina te Heuheu, Courts, Pacific Island Affairs, Disarmament & Arms Control, Associate Maori
  16. Hon Paula Bennett, Social Development & Employment, Disability Issues, Youth Affairs
  17. Hon Phil Heatley, Fisheries, Housing
  18. Hon Pansy Wong, Ethnic Affairs, Women’s Affairs, Associate ACC, Associate Energy
  19. Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Immigration, Broadcasting, Associate Tourism, Associate Health
  20. Hon Kate Wilkinson, Labour, Food Safety, Associate Immigration
  21. Hon Maurice Williamson, Building & Construction, Customs, Statistics, Small Business
  22. Hon Dr Richard Worth, Internal Affairs, Land Information, Archives NZ, Library, Associate Justice
  23. Hon John Carter, Civil Defence, Senior Citizens, Racing, Associate Local Government
  24. Hon Rodney Hide, Local Government, Regulatory Reform, Associate Commerce
  25. Hon Heather Roy, Consumer Affairs, Associate Defence, Associate Educations
  26. Hon Dr Pita Sharples, Maori Affairs, Associate Education, Associate Correction
  27. Hon Tariana Turia, Community and Voluntary Sector, Associate Health, Associate Social Development and Employment
  28. Hon Peter Dunne, Revenue, Associate Health

I’ll comment on the choices in another post. Key has also confirmed that Lockwood Smith will be nominated as Speaker.

For those into demographics, they are:

  • Eight female Ministers
  • Four Maori Ministers
  • One Asian Minister
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40 Responses to “John Key’s Ministry”

  1. MajorBloodnok (361 comments) says:

    Nick Smith gets Environment, Climate Change, SOEs! Oh dear. And I thought John Key had brains. This is really sad.

    What is the format for email addresses for Ministers? I see Tim Groser got Conservation and Ass Climate Change. Maybe he sees better sense on “green” issues?

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  2. Regan Cunliffe (21 comments) says:

    I’m a little surprised there isn’t a minister for communications and IT.. until I spot Comms/IT – Steven Joyce :D

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  3. pdm (844 comments) says:

    A shame Heather Roy is not a Health Associate Minister – she was always effective in opposition in this area.

    I also thought Nathan Guy would have been in Cabinet.

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  4. georgebolwing (870 comments) says:

    Why we need 28 ministers remains a mystery.

    Very uneven spread of workload.

    The top six ministers will be busy. I am assuming that Power’s Associate Finance role includes expenditure control. But after that, some of these people will get large salaries for doing very little. I expect to see Judith Collins, Pansy Wong, and the three national Ministers outside Cabinet spending a lot of their time giving speeches and opening flower shows, as it is hard to see them having to spend much time in Wellington.

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  5. KiwiChickenLittle (32 comments) says:

    McCully must be rapt! Foreign Affairs and Rugby World Cup. NICE!

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  6. Portia (175 comments) says:

    In fact there are EIGHT women – six in Cabinet and two outside. Two are in the top 10. May be Tory is short for Victor(y)a??

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  7. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Nick Smith – climate change..
    FFS, why not a minister for silly walks or witchcraft as well?
    http://barnsleybill.blogspot.com/2008/11/hot-is-cold-and-warm-is-chilly-or.html

    This really has got to stop, or we need another B movie plot to all be terrified of.

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  8. Sam (502 comments) says:

    I can’t believe there is even a Ministry for Rugby World Cup still… I had hoped that National might eliminate some ofd the more farcical excesses of the previous administration…

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  9. getstaffed (9,186 comments) says:

    Look at ‘em all. I think John needs a Ministry of Ministries just to keep track. Or better still, add a Ministry of Ministry Reduction :)

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  10. micheal_warren (19 comments) says:

    I am a little disappointed. Chester Borrows should have been minister of police as he has done a very good job within caucus!

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  11. gingercrush (153 comments) says:

    Excellent make up of ministers. Wise decision by John Key

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  12. Rod (180 comments) says:

    @getstaffed
    “I think John needs a Ministry of Ministries just to keep track.”
    Its called Ministerial Services …

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  13. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    So if we didnt have a Minister for Racing would racing end? Or if we didnt have a Minister for Small Business would that come to a crashing halt?

    How on earth did we get by without all these Ministers telling us what to do.

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  14. david (2,557 comments) says:

    I see Pansy Wong is Associate ACC but there is no primary Minister. Oversight?

    Did I miss Minister for the America’s Cup?

    When does a “Hon” become a “Rt. Hon”?

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  15. MajorBloodnok (361 comments) says:

    @KiwiGreg So if we didnt have a Minister for Racing would racing end? Or if we didnt have a Minister for Small Business would that come to a crashing halt?

    Take the taxpayer subsidy off Racing that Winston was bribed to give them and they will equate to the same thing!

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  16. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    david – Nick Smith is Minister of ACC.

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  17. Rod (180 comments) says:

    @Sam
    Not just a Minister for the Rugby World Cup but also Gerry Brownlee as Associate for it.
    There has to be a reason …
    Ahh, of course, 2011 – a victory in the World Cup in election year might just be helpful, don’t you think?
    Not that I am suggesting these two should be players, of course, but the pressure on a certain coach might be rather heavy …

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  18. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    they could hardly have gotten rid of the RWC minister. what signal would that send?

    this govt doesnt take it as serious as the previous govt?

    who would the RWC company liase with?

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  19. pdm (844 comments) says:

    georgebolwing – I would think Judith Collins will be pretty busy with Police and Corrections.

    Police First job – de politicize them.
    Corrections first job – Barry Mathews resignation.

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  20. baxter (893 comments) says:

    expect to see Judith Collins, Pansy Wong, and the three national Ministers outside Cabinet spending a lot of their time giving speeches and opening flower shows, as it is hard to see them having to spend much time in Wellington.

    GEORGE BOLWING;…………With respect to Judith COLLINS I can’t see her having much spare time. Both her major portfolios have C.E.O.’s who are defective and need to be urgently replaced if progress is to be made in Police and Corrections…Simon POWER also needs to consider the makeup of the Law Commission full of Liabour Cronies who will stymie any worthwhile reforms.

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  21. Portia (175 comments) says:

    David –

    From memory, “Right Honourable” applied only to members of the Privy Council. Our Court of Appeal judges and Ministers of the Crown used to be eligible for membership.

    Since we’ve abolished the PC, it’s no longer PC to use the title :)

    [DPF: We have not abolished it. Only appeals to the judicial committee. Clark has chosen not to make any Appts to it, but Key may decide to do so]

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  22. Rod (180 comments) says:

    @pdm
    I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that JK has a meeting with Boris when he is in London. Might be to learn how to go about borising senior people in such sectors … they should watch out if he comes back with a new hairstyle …

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  23. BlairM (2,341 comments) says:

    It’s depressing reading how many government departments there are… time will tell how many testicles they all have between them. Past form is not a good guide.

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  24. GJ (329 comments) says:

    David: I think Right Honorable also applies if you have held the office of Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister, hence we had the RH Winston Peters.

    [DPF: Nope, it is linked to Privy Council membership. But normally PMs and Dep PMs get appointed to it]

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  25. Sam (502 comments) says:

    “…who would the RWC company liase with?” – Surely you jest dime!?

    RWC is a commercial activity that should be left to the promoters to organise, and profit or lose from – I don’t see it as Central Government’s core role to sponsor such activities (and that goes for racing, America’s Cup, etc). What next, minister for Shotput, Surfing, Tiddleywinks, Curling, or an even more ridiculous past-time, Cricket…? If they are not self supporting events, then they are probably irrelevant (let the market decide ‘n all that jazz…)

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  26. MikeE (555 comments) says:

    Why on earth have National Kept some of the ridiculous ministries?

    Do we need a minister for Voluntary Work? Isn’t it by definition voluntary?

    Why are the Nats continuing to have a Minister for Disarmament? What is the point of this?

    Surely they should have gone through the Ministerial positions and asked if they were needed in the first place before doling them out?

    Are there more or less ministerial positions than the past govt.

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  27. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    List of Ministries we don’t need-

    All “associate positions” (-22)

    and these, many because of duplication and or overlap

    Tourism, Economic Development, SOEs, (sell them) Commerce, Health, (privatise it) Environment, Climate Change,
    Education, Tertiary Education, ERO, Treaty Negotiations, Arts and Culture, Biosecurity, Forestry, Agriculture, Sport and Recreation, Rugby World Cup, Trade Negotiations, Conservation, Research, Science and Technology, Transport, Comms/ IT, Pacific Island Affairs, Disarmament and Arms Control, Social Development & Employment, Youth Affairs, Fisheries, Housing, Ethnic Affairs, Women’s Affairs, Broadcasting, Labour, Food Safety, Building & Construction, Statistics, Small Business, Senior Citizens, Racing, Local Government, Consumer Affairs, Maori Affairs, Community and Voluntary Sector.

    This should allow the number of Ministers to be cut by at least two thirds, and also enable Key to answer the whiners from Labour who are always when anyone mentions tax cuts, chanting in unison, “Where’s the money coming from?” Get on with it Mr. Key.

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  28. georgebolwing (870 comments) says:

    Portfolio Ministers are not responsible for removing CEOs. That is done by the State Services Commissioner. Remember: we want a politically neutral public service back again.

    Richard Prebble commented that when he was Minister of Police, that Portfolio took up one afternoon a week, tops. Ministers have no operational duties in Police. Their job is to answer parliamentary questions, which they can’t because they have no operational duties, and take budget bids through the process. And there is a very limited policy role: what is illegal is handled by Justice, not the cops.

    Revenue is also a low workload ministerial position: again because of the lack of operational duties. Tax policy does take some time.

    Minister in Charge of the Law Commission probably involves less work than the Minister for Racing.

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  29. dave strings (608 comments) says:

    pdm

    Correct, as long as Matthews is moved to Police Commissioner where he belongs after successful stints as deputy here and Commissioner in Western Australia!

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  30. Sam (502 comments) says:

    Let’s hope they are more efficient at cutting the flab from the State than they are at cutting flab from the ‘Ministry’…

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  31. dave strings (608 comments) says:

    Sam
    Helen gave an underwriting to RWC Ltd regarding the 2011 tournament, that means we have A LOT of money at risk. I think it makes sense for us to have this role at National Government level. However, there is no doubt that the AC should have been an Auckland commitment, not a national one!

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  32. georgebolwing (870 comments) says:

    Being a Member of the Privy Council is not just limited to the PM and Deputy. Sir William Birch is a Rt Hon, as are Simon Upton, Johathan Hunt, Paul East and Sir Douglas Graham. A number of judges are as well, thus allowing them to serve of the Judical Committee of the Privy Council.

    It is up to the Queen, on the advice of her New Zealand PM, to decide if she needs some more kiwi advisers. Will be an interesting test of how modern John Key is.

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  33. Rod (180 comments) says:

    @MikeE
    “Why are the Nats continuing to have a Minister for Disarmament? What is the point of this?”

    Well, somebody has to sort out the sale of the Skyhawks yet … or maybe it has something to do with the Children of the Mist issue?

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  34. Portia (175 comments) says:

    “It is up to the Queen, on the advice of her New Zealand PM, to decide if she needs some more kiwi advisers.”

    I don’t think that’s correct. We’ve abolished the Privy Council, so we’ve lost our “Right” to any further appointments.

    The only current members of the Supreme Court who are still Rt Hon were appointed to the Court of Appeal before we set up the new Supreme Court:
    http://www.courtsofnz.govt.nz/about/supreme/judges

    I suspect Winnie’s Rt Hon dated back to his time as Deputy PM in the last National Govt. Once bestowed, you don’t lose the title.

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  35. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    List of Ministries we don’t need-
    ….ERO,…

    Agree with you Redbaiter, especially with regards to this rather odious “office”. Personal experience with the bastards.

    A cushy number for high-level educational academics nearing retirement who can’t handle the classroom environment anymore! Believe me, this office is just a rubber stamp dept. for nutjob educational theories. Should be swallowed up by the Ministry of Education and relegated to the backroom containing brooms & mops!!! In fact the whole Education area needs a damn good sweep out.

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  36. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    DPF – just watching video of the press conference. Key has made Brownlee and McCully associate and deputy for the World Cup, so there apparently isn’t a minister for it :-)

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  37. daveski (87 comments) says:

    LOL – payback for the racing pleb’s support of Winston … John Carter … WTF!!!!!

    And before we get started, if you don’t want a racing ministry, then you can hand back ownership of the TAB to the racing people. Don’t forget the millions from turnover tax, the thousands employed, the export earnings, and the fact that we did keen Winston gainfully occupied for some of the time.

    Why did Lindsay Tisch miss out tho? Any clues?

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  38. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    Why did Lindsay Tisch miss out tho? Any clues?

    He didn’t miss out. He gets to be Deputy Speaker.

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  39. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister for Broadcasting. Excellent. Time to work that Murray McCully magic and have a long lunch with the CEO of TVNZ.

    Person or persons known within TVNZ who “think wrong” will soon be for the chop. :D

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  40. Falafulu Fisi (2,179 comments) says:

    Environment should have been given to someone else rather than Dr Nick Smith. Hon Dr Nick Smith should be given the Tree hugger portfolio.

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