Ministry Demographics

November 19th, 2008 at 3:49 pm by David Farrar

(Image stolen from NZPA Images)

Have been crunching some numbers on the new Key . I’m going to profile the entire of 28, the Cabinet of 20, and the Front Bench of nine.

Gender

The Ministry has eight female Minister, and 20 male Ministers, so just one female Minister less than the last Government. That’s 29% female. The Cabinet is similiar with 30% female and the front bench is 22% female.

Age

The average age of the Ministry is 51.6 years. The youngest Minister is 39 and the oldest is 67. Two Ministers are in their 30s, nine in their 40s, 13 in their 50s and four in their 60s.

For the Cabinet the average age is younger at 49.5. Only one Minister in Cabinet is in their 60s.

The front bench is younger still with an average age of 47.6, and an age range of 39 to 55.

Ethnicity

There are four Maori Ministers and one Asian Minister. Maori Ministers make up 14% of the Ministry – around the same as their share of the adult population.

Terms in Parliament

This is how many previous terms of Parliament there have been since they became an MP (2008 entrant = 0, 2005 = 1, 2002 =2 … 1987 = 7).

The average number of previous terms for the Ministry is 3.6. Steven Joyce has the least at zero previous terms and Peter Dunne the most at eight previous terms.

For the Cabinet, the average previous terms are 3.2 and for the front bench the average is 3.7. One three of the nine front benchers have been Ministers before.

Island

23 of the 28 Ministers reside in the North Island and the South Island has just five Ministers. However their 18% share gets better within the Cabinet only where they make up 25% of the Cabinet. And on the front bench the South Island has one third representation – greater than their population share.

Area

Auckland supplies a whopping 13 Ministers, so no more complaints about Wellington lecturing to Auckland when Auckland makes up 46% of the Ministry. They are also 45% of the Cabinet but 22% of the front bench.

Wellington and Christchurch get three Ministers each. Within Cabinet though Wellington drops to just one Minister – Chris Finlayson.

Provincial MPs make up five Ministers and Rural MPs four Ministers. That’ 32% of the Ministry from outside the big three cities. Within the Cabinet they make up 35% and on the front bench comprise 55%.

I’ll also do a profile of former occupations also at some stage, but may cheat and see if I can steal that from Saunders Unsworth who do an excellent summary of MPs former occupations as part of their book of profiles.

When Phil Goff announces his new line up, I’ll also profile them.

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21 Responses to “Ministry Demographics”

  1. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    After spending the morning in an intense board meeting I logged on to the Royal NZ Herald website to see the wonderful words in an article

    “Prime Minister John Key’ Suddenly the pressures of the morning fell away as I realised the dream was now reality

    Oh bliss sheer bliss

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  2. NX (504 comments) says:

    Now that’s more like it!

    Who else feels like a huge weight has been lifted off their shoulders?

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

    Within Cabinet though Wellington drops to just one Minister – Chris Finlayson.

    Don’t forget Bill English!

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  4. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Why is Brownlee wearing a skirt?

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  5. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    And more importantly they all seem to be the best for the job.

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  6. georgebolwing (978 comments) says:

    The legs and skirt will belong to Rebecca Kitteridge, the Secretary of the Cabinet.

    I only count 18 ministers. Presumably McCully and Groser have already left for APEC.

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  7. big bruv (14,132 comments) says:

    For fuck sake!

    There is no hope for us, when a respected center right commentator such as DPF leads off his profile of the new cabinet with the GENDER breakdown I know that the PC wankers have won the war.

    I could not give a toss if the entire cabinet was made up of Shelia’s I just want the best people, their bloody gender is irrelevant.

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  8. Fisiani (1,047 comments) says:

    All over Wellington civil servants and public sector workers are realising that they finally have the freedom to speak out. The sense of relief that Helengrad is no more is truly palpable in lift conversations in the CBD. It is like a new dawn and the overthrow of a nine year velvet tyranny. It is a time for honesty and showing the people the true state of affairs in terms of the economy, the health service, corrections, gangs etc. Only then can the rebuilding of a decent society begin.

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  9. dad4justice (8,303 comments) says:

    Oh well that political line up looks better than the infamous Liarbour mug shot line up. Cough up the cretins and can you spot me a beer thank you Gerry.

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  10. deanknight (263 comments) says:

    In the “diversity” analysis, you – like most of the mainstream media – seem to have once again omitted GLBT ministers, even though this is a term in which the Nats at least feature?

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  11. David Farrar (1,901 comments) says:

    If there was more than one gay Minister, then I would include the analysis. When I do the full Caucus comparisons, I intend to include a GLBT analysis.

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  12. headstuckinlawbooks (20 comments) says:

    Does anyone else think its pathetic that the swearing in of a new Prime Minister was only number three in the news? That should be the top item!

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  13. getstaffed (9,186 comments) says:

    headstuckinlawbooks – you beat me to it. 04:30s of Rugby, AirNZ layoffs an then, then the swearing in of a new Prime Minister.

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  14. deanknight (263 comments) says:

    One Minister only, yes – the same number as those noted as being of Asian ethnicity?

    The Ministry is therefore 3.5% gay(-identifying). And the Cabinet, 5% gay.

    [DPF: Which is about the right proportion according to most literature!]

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  15. Ross Miller (1,706 comments) says:

    David who is the 67 YO? …. I know that Murray McCully has formenting happy mischief since Adam was a cowboy but !!!!!!!!!!!

    [DPF: Pita Sharples I think]

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  16. getstaffed (9,186 comments) says:

    In the “diversity” analysis…

    oh yes, lets have analysis of brown/blue/green eyes, who came from single parent homes, which ones have ever spoken to an EB, how many have more than two living areas in their home blah blah blah.

    what bollocks.

    i’m with big bruv on this. choose the best people for the job – and bugger the hand-wringing PC’ness that we’ve been subjected to for the last 9 years.

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  17. deanknight (263 comments) says:

    getstaffed:

    and that is the difference between a socio-democratic and tory govt. one believes in diversity and communities of interest. the other does it because it’s strategic and expedient.

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  18. getstaffed (9,186 comments) says:

    dean, my interest is seeing the best person from all available assigned to finance, the best person from all available assigned to health etc etc… rather than having a quota of socio-demographic’s distributed across portfolios. if that doesn’t work for the left then I guess we headed for a resession. no wait …

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  19. deanknight (263 comments) says:

    getstaffed:

    I guess it might depend on how one assesses what “best” means – i suspect we differ on that too.

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  20. Hagues (703 comments) says:

    I would assess “best” as the one who gets the the best results for the portfilio, not the one that best fills a diversity quota because they ‘believe’ in it.

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  21. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,753 comments) says:

    What, no comparison for Ministers who are left handed versus right handed?

    How will the New Zealand economy ever be fixed if we don’t get the correct mix of left vs. right handed Cabinet Ministers? ;-)

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