Have not seen the full list yet, so this is off reports:
- Phil Goff, Leader
- Annette King, Deputy, Social Development
- David Cunliffe, Finance
- Chris Carter, Education
- Parekura Horomia, Maori Affairs
- Ruth Dyson, Health
- Clayton Cosgrove, Law & Order, SOEs
- Nanaia Mahuta, environment, tourism
- Maryan Street, trade, tertiary education
- Darren Hughes, senior whip, transport
Other Shadow Cabinet
- Charles Chauvel, climate change, energy
- Moana Mackey, rural affairs, research & development
- Sue Moroney, early childhood education
- Winnie Laban, Pacific Island Affairs
I’ve previously said I think Cunliffe is an excellent choice for Finance. Putting Annette King as their big gun against Paula Bennett shows they are determined to target Bennett.
Cosgrove for law & order is sensible – they need a right winger on that issue.
Can’t see why Nanaia Mahuta has gone to the front bench. Shane Jones would be a stronger Minister but I guess he has rubbed too many people up the wrong way.
Dyson knows Health well. Carter was the incumbent Education Minister. I don’t think he shone there really (and I do respect his abilities) so a bit surprised they did not make a change.
Chauvel vs Brownlee could be fun to watch.
Moana Mackey has been a hard worker, so sensible promotion for her. The portfolios look pretty light though.