Here is the full list:
- Phil Goff Leader, SIS
- Annette King Deputy Leader, Social Development
- David Cunliffe Finance
- Ruth Dyson Health
- Parekura Horomia Maori Affairs, Fisheries
- Clayton Cosgrove Law & Order (incl Police & Corrections), SOEs, Assoc. Finance
- Chris Carter Education (overall – compulsory), Ethnic Affairs
- Nanaia Mahuta Environment, Tourism, Assoc. Maori Affairs
- Maryan Street Trade, Tertiary Education
- Darren Hughes Senior Whip, Transport
- David Parker A-G, Electoral Reform, ACC, Assoc. Finance
- Shane Jones Local Government, Building & Construction, Infrastructure
- Trevor Mallard Labour, Economic Development, Sports & Recreation
- Lianne Dalziel Justice, Commerce
- Charles Chauvel Climate Change, Energy, Assoc. Commerce
- Pete Hodgson Immigration, Defence
Helen Clark Foreign Affairs, Arts, Culture & Heritage
Michael Cullen Shadow Leader of the House, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
- Winnie Laban Pacific Island Affairs, Assoc. Health (Aged Care), Assoc. Economic Development
- Moana Mackey Rural Affairs, Research & Development, Science & Technology
- Steve Chadwick Junior Whip, Conservation
- Sue Moroney Women’s Affairs, Education – ECE
- Rick Barker Courts, Veterans Affairs
- Ross Robertson Small Business, Senior Citizens, Racing, Assoc. Disarmament & Arms Control
- George Hawkins Housing
- Mita Ririnui Forestry, Assoc. Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Assoc. Agriculture
- Lynne Pillay Disability Issues, Assoc. Justice – Victims Rights
- Ashraf Choudhary Food Safety, Agricultural Science, Assoc. Ethnic Affairs
- Darien Fenton Transport Safety, Assoc. Labour
- Su’a William Sio Customs, Assoc. Pacific Island Affairs, Assoc. Local Government
New members, alphabetical order
- Jacinda Ardern Youth Affairs, Assoc. Justice – Youth Justice
- Carol Beaumont Consumer Affairs, Assoc. Labour
- Brendon Burns Broadcasting, Assoc. Environment – Water Quality
- Clare Curran Communications & IT
- Kelvin Davis Biosecurity, Assoc. Education
- Chris Hipkins Internal Affairs, Assoc. Energy
- Raymond Huo Law Commission, Statistics, Assoc. Ethnic Affairs
- Iain Lees-Galloway Land Information, Assoc. Defence, Assoc. Health – Drugs & Alcohol
- Stuart Nash Revenue, Assoc. Trade, Assoc. Forestry
- Rajen Prasad Voluntary & Community Sector, Assoc. Ethnic Affairs, Assoc. Social Development – Family & CYF
- Grant Robertson State Services, Assoc. Arts, Culture & Heritage, Assoc. Foreign Affairs
- Carmel Sepuloni Civil Defence, Assoc. Tertiary Education, Assoc. Social Development
- Phil Twyford Disarmament & Arms Control, Auckland Issues, Assoc. Foreign Affairs – Development Assistance
Progressive Leader Jim Anderton – Agriculture
- Already commented on most of the front bench. But have to say Maryan Street seems an odd choice for trade as she has no background there and is from the left which can be anti free trade. However maybe Goff gave it to her on purpose as an area she can’t do much in.
- Shane Jones in Local Government looks good. He will enjoy taking on Rodney but also may agree with Rodney on some issues around keeping rates down. If Jones and Rodney can agree on future for Auckland once Commission reports that will be a good thing.
- Mallard in Labour keeps the unions happy and he will fight against anything that weakens them. Also good choice to go against Brownlee in Economic Development
- Dalziel is safe in Justice and Commerce but won’t find much to do.
- Chauvel is politically astute (except when announcing his own promotions) and giving him climate change gives him a real opportunity to shine as National’s suspension of the ETS is one of the few areas Labour can score runs about early on
- Hodgson in Immigration & Defence suggests this is his last term.
- All the existing MPs who did not make shadow cabinet – nos 21 to 28 are expendable and will be pressured to retire this term.
- Giving Jacinda Ardern Youth Justice as well as Youth Affairs is a good move. Ardern will be front bench one day and is alreadt a capable politician. Youth Affairs by itself would not have been challenging.
- Former CTU boss Carol Beaumont gets Associate Labour. No surprise.
- Burns media background makes broadcasting a good fit.
- A bit disappointing that Comms/IT has gone from one of the most important portfolios to so far down the list, but Clare Curran should prove a quick learner in the area, and I expect she will be in Cabinet when Labour make it back.
- Stuart Nash gets one of the bigger portfolios for newbies – Revenue. An opportunity for him.
- Grant Robertson also gets a very big portfolio – State Services. Sensible choice for the Wellington Central MP. Expect to see him in the Shadow Cabinet soon. He also looks to take Arts, Culture and Heritage when H1 goes. Again will help him keep his seat.
Goddff has done pretty good job overall, if a bit uninspiring. He could have put one or two of the newcomers straight into the Shadow Cabinet.