Select Committee Chairs

December 15th, 2008 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The full list of Select Committee Chairs is online now. They are:

  1. Commerce – Lianne Dalziel with Peseta Sam Lotu-liga as Deputy. Dalziel is an excellent choice, and Sam is being marked for promotion.
  2. Education & Science – Allan Peachey with Chris Carter as Deputy. Allan’s educational background makes him a natural choice. I doubt he’ll be working much with his Deputy!
  3. Finance & Expenditure – Craig Foss with Chris Tremain as Deputy. The Hawke’s Bay takeover is complete! The chairmanship of this Committee is normally seen as the final step before being a Minister.
  4. Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade – John Hayes with Jacqui Dean as Deputy. John is a former MFAT staffer so knows the subject matter well.
  5. Government Administration – David Parker with Jacqui Dean again as Deputy. Parker was a very sucessful businessman but has not impressed so much in , but this role will be little challenge.
  6. Health – Paul Hutchison with Ruth Dyson as Deputy. Dr Hutchison is a natural choice for Health. The tenaciosu Ruth Dyson may challenge him, and the contribution of a former DHB CEO (Kevin Hague) will be interesting to watch.
  7. Justice & Electoral – Chester Borrows with Simon Bridges as Deputy. The former cop turned lawyer and the former crown prosecutor will be a strong team. Bridges likely to takeover when Borrows becomes a Minister.
  8. Law & Order – Sandra Goudie with Clayton Cosgrove as Deputy. Goudie and Cosgrove may agree on more than they they disagree.
  9. Local Government & Environment – Chris Auchinvole with Nicky Wagner as Deputy. Very interesting to have the MP for West Coast-Tasman chairing the Environment committee.
  10. Maori Affairs – Tau Henare with Hone Harawria as Deputy. Both have been MP for Te Tai Tokerau. If Tau wins promotion, then Hekia Parata could well become Chair – unless she gets promoted to Cabinet at the same time – or before.
  11. Primary Production – Shane Ardern with Colin King as Deputy. The affable Ardern will bring first hand experience to the role.
  12. Regulations Review – Charles Chauvel will bring is legal skills to this low profile but important committee.
  13. Social Services – Jo Goodhew with Katrina Shanks as Deputy. Goodhew is another who is likely to use Chair as a stepping stone to Cabinet.
  14. Transport & industrial Relations – David Bennett, who needs a job now that Winston taunting is no longer.

Peter Dunne was already announced as the ETS Review Chair.  Labour are chairing three select committes. Somewhat surprisingly neither ACT nor Maori Party are chairing any – but that might be as their senior MPs are mainly Ministers.

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12 Responses to “Select Committee Chairs”

  1. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Thats very interesting, Finance and Expenditure run by the Bay Boys.

    It must worry Annette and Cunliffe, as well as that funny houseperson.

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  2. gingercrush (153 comments) says:

    Have to disagree about David Parker not being impressive. The guy should be on Labour’s front bench, way ahead of that useless Cunliffe.

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  3. david (2,483 comments) says:

    Anyone notice Cullen’s complete absence from the list? Anything for a quiet life I suppose.

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  4. bustedblonde (138 comments) says:

    who is chauvel’s deputy?

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  5. Graeme Edgeler (3,222 comments) says:

    bb – Chauvel is the deputy, according to Parliament’s website.

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  6. David Farrar (1,812 comments) says:

    But not according to NZPA

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  7. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    “Sam is being marked for promotion.”

    I know he says the right things and is qualified up to his eyeballs, but he hasn’t actually *done* anything yet!

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  8. Brian Smaller (3,915 comments) says:

    ““Sam is being marked for promotion.”

    I know he says the right things and is qualified up to his eyeballs, but he hasn’t actually *done* anything yet!”

    If it OK for Obama then should be OK for Sam.

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  9. MikeE (555 comments) says:

    A certain MP has quite a few roles for one who tried to ban DHMO :-P

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  10. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    “If it OK for Obama then should be OK for Sam.”

    I get the feeling you’re being disingenuous, but anyhoo I would’ve thought current MPs would be ‘marked for promotion’ on the basis of work they’ve done as an MP. He’ll probably be fine, but sounds like some people have made up their minds before he was even sworn in.

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  11. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    Have to disagree with Dalziel for Commerce having dealt with her as Minister found she had little understanding of business and corporate governance inparticular Her officials fed her the most outrageous bullshit and confused her to the point where she was out of step with best practise

    She was also warned by my organisation and others in 2002 that the finance company sector would be a problem unless she adopted the Australian prudential model. Her reply was that it was not necessary and would only add further compliance costs to finance companies. When it was pointed out to her than none of the NZ finance companies met even the most bacis of the APRA standards her reply was ‘NZ is different and harmonising business laws doent mean just following Australia”

    How many of the poor smucks that lost 5 Billion in these train wrecks know that. Contrast this with the realtively small losses in the sector in Australia.

    Shes a light wieght out her depth always has been

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  12. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Perhaps the Primary Production and Local Goverment & Environment boys could take a look at this farce. Local muhroom producer closed down by environment court.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10548165

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