Labour’s reshuffle

May 5th, 2009 at 1:48 pm by David Farrar

Phil Goff has announced some changes to Caucus following the departures of Clark and Cullen:

  • Chris Carter takes Foreign Affairs off Clark
  • Mallard takes Education off Carter and moves to front bench, plus gets Rugby World Cup and America’s Cup
  • Shane Jones picks up Economic Development off Mallard and Environment off Mahuta
  • Nanaia Mahuta is demoted off the front bench and takes up Maori social development
  • Maryan Street picks up Treaty Negotiations off Cullen
  • Darren Hughes picks up Shadow Leader of the House off Cullen
  • David Parker picks up Conversation off Chadwick
  • Charles Chauvel picks up Associate Justice
  • Winnie Laban gets Interfaith Dialogue
  • Steve Chadwick gets Arts Culture and Heritage off Clark
  • George Hawkins gets Local Government off Jones
  • Damien O’Connor gets Rural Affairs off Mackey, Biosecurity off Davis and Associate Agriculture
  • Ashraf Choudary gets Associate Research, Science and Development
  • Kelvin Davis gets Tourism off Mahuta and Associate Maori Affairs
  • Chris Hipkins gets Sport & Recreation off Mallard
  • Mackey picks op Housing off Hawkins

The big winner is Trevor Mallard who moves to the front bench and also Shane Jones who gets more substance. No one big loser but Mahuta is demoted, Carter moves to a role where he will see little action and Grant Robertson misses out on getting any of the two portfolios he was understudy to Clark for.

I must say though it is a bit weird to do it during the by-election. If Shearer wins, then they will need another reshuffle.

The other strange thing is how many changes were made just six months after the initial allocation. This is actually a fairly major reshuffle, which suggests the initial allocations had proved unsatisfactory.

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37 Responses to “Labour’s reshuffle”

  1. virtualmark (1,495 comments) says:

    I’m concerned that even Conversation (sic) may be too much for David Parker to handle. His performance as Minister of Energy in the last Government wasn’t inspiring. Maybe he’ll end up just talking to himself in a distant corner of the room.

    And WTF do they need an “Interfaith Dialogue” portfolio for? Is this Labour’s push to resolve the Middle East’s problems? Or just some babble-fish stuff that shows how far up their own a*$&#s they are?

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  2. big bruv (13,454 comments) says:

    What the fuck is ” Interfaith Dialogue”?

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  3. big bruv (13,454 comments) says:

    This is brilliant for the Nat’s “Darren Hughes picks up Shadow Leader of the House off Cullen”

    Every time that ginga prick is on the TV making a fool of himself it lessens the chance of there ever being another Labour govt.

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  4. burt (7,948 comments) says:

    Trevor Mallard back with education. Excellent, he can once again talk about how important zoning is while sending his own kids out of zone… Bloody hell – punch a guy and get a promotion Mallard must be stoked about this.

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  5. Doug (407 comments) says:

    How the Hell does Trevor the Muss get to be in charge of Education, he will want the pupils to sort out their problems on the playing field with a punch up.

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  6. burt (7,948 comments) says:

    Doug

    Don’t be silly. It’s only OK for Labour party people. The rest of us live by the rules they make not the example they set.

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  7. Trevor Mallard (245 comments) says:

    David – I’ve had America’s and RW Cup again since the election, were part of Ec Dev. Haven’t just picked up.

    [DPF: Ta. I am sure your attitude to those portfolios is like Charlton Heston's - they'll have to take them from your cold, dead hands :-)]

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  8. Chthoniid (2,029 comments) says:

    I think Parker is going to replace Chadwick in Conservation, rather than Conversation :)

    Gosh, it’s a very easy typo to make.

    But O’Connor gets biosecurity and Jones gets environment…

    Hmm. Is Rural Affairs the same as agriculture? And I can’t see forestry or fisheries…

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  9. Patrick Starr (3,675 comments) says:

    “I’ve had America’s and RW Cup again since the election, were part of Ec Dev.” well if they were part of Ec Dev (as you say) – and Shane Jones now has Ec Dev – are you saying Shane Jones has a lessor role?

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  10. wreck1080 (3,785 comments) says:

    In 2005 Trevor Mallard promised new entrant classes would have no more than 15 pupils.

    However, my son started school last year with nearly 30 in his class.

    Trevor is a man of broken promises. Vote for him and his party in the next election if you enjoy broken promises.

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  11. Inventory2 (10,161 comments) says:

    Carter has been demoted – there are no two ways about it. He hasn’t laid a glove on Tolley in six months, and has easily been Labour’s worst front-bench performer – and it’s not as though he’s lacked competition for that accolade!! I somehow doubt that Murray McCully will be quaking in his boots about his new opponent.

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  12. Paulus (2,544 comments) says:

    What has Mahuta done to warrant demotion – she did nothing before?

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  13. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    I was harrowing a paddock when the breaking news came over the radio. All about the new Liarbore reshuffle and the flash new caucus. As I got to the top of a hill I could see one of my neighbours driving around towing a shiny new shit spreader. How fitting I thought, much like the new Liarbore caucus, shiny on the outside but full of the same old shit inside.

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  14. Patrick Starr (3,675 comments) says:

    gee Trevor – you’ve wasted three questions already and given 2 apologies. how embarrassing for you

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  15. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    One thinks that either Philin doesnt think his mate David will win the byelection or more unlikely if he does there wont be a seat for him at the top table.

    Or of course could be Philins caving under the pressure and looking to shore up the defences in case DS loses Mt Albert?

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  16. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    Bloody fantastic, Mallard has the schools. Doesn’t that just make so much sense?

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  17. Paul Williams (877 comments) says:

    And for a more balanced view of matters, lets hear from Colin Espiner who says:

    The Duck is going to make mincemeat of Anne Tolley, I’m afraid. He’s forgotten more about education than Tolley has yet managed to learn, and he’s a very good debater. It will be one of the most eagerly anticipated match-ups and if I were Tolley I’d be quaking in my boots.

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  18. georgedarroch (316 comments) says:

    Trevor’s now shadow education and still has time to comment on blogs. I’m a grad student, what’s his excuse?

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  19. Paul Williams (877 comments) says:

    Trevor’s now shadow education and still has time to comment on blogs. I’m a grad student, what’s his excuse?

    Did you have the question when it was Brash? David was breathless with excitement (and don’t we now know Gentleman Brash didn’t even pen the comment himself?). George, blogs are just another comms channel, an opposition that didn’t have a presence on blogs would be a poor one.

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  20. Ross Miller (1,676 comments) says:

    Interfaith dialogue ……… hmmmmmmmmmmm does that mean Winnie’s getting all their feminists, rainbowists, Maori, PIs, left wingers, right wingers, oldies, rural and townies, unionists and the unemployable (lotsa MPs in that category) all in one room talking to each other … and lets not even mention the Islamists and the Jews.

    p.s. Does this mean too that Labour is now committed to having a Minister for Interfaith Affairs (with of course a bureaucracy to match)?

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  21. georgedarroch (316 comments) says:

    I know, I do appreciate that he’s engaging. That was perhaps a snarky comment.

    I’m just not sure whether it’s a useful use of time. Commenting on blogs is like ringing up talkback – as opposed to doing interviews with the radio presenter. It’s fairly responsive and rarely do you change the terms of the debate. I just do it to kill time…

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  22. Grizz (244 comments) says:

    Trevor, now that you have the RWC, will that mean you are going to sart drinking heineken again? There is also a subtle flaw in your America’s cup portfolio, being that it is now the ownership of Switzerland not New Zealand. Otherwise it is a pointless portfolio involved with organising invertational yachting regattas which should be down to the domain of local councils and the involved sporting body. Pandering to it reflects your wish to get into the corporate boxes and guzzle all the free booze. Then leading on from there, does Labour really need a drunken education spokesman who wants to start a boxing match with anyone he disapproves of? Is the Labour way of settling exam marks going to be resolved in a paddling pool full of porridge?

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  23. vibenna (305 comments) says:

    Georgedarroch: his excuse is … being in opposition.

    I’m in two minds about the punch issue. I found it (together with other parliamentary behaviour by Trev) pretty appalling. But on the other hands, he’s taken his lumps for it (heh) and been voted into opposition as well.

    So I think I’d say, let’s give Trev a fair go.

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  24. CraigM (694 comments) says:

    “if I were Tolley I’d be quaking in my boots.”

    Me to, she probably doesn’t take a punch very well.

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  25. burt (7,948 comments) says:

    vibenna

    The idiot (on March 1st 2008) told me that I was an idiot when I pointed out that his little red Labour van needed an authorisation. He was then pinged for not having said authorisation a few weeks later.

    If he apologises for being so rude to me I’ll excuse his abuse. I won’t however excuse his lack of knowledge about a law he voted for. Do as I say not as I do is not acceptable from an MP.

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  26. burt (7,948 comments) says:

    vibenna

    Sorry when I say ‘pinged’ I mean that in the Labour MP context. IE: Told to fix it because he has broken the law, not prosecuted for breaking the law.

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  27. lofty (1,304 comments) says:

    trev comments that he has learnt not to go toe to toe with tau.

    If thats the best ya can do bully boy God help our youngsters if you and your motley lot ever get your filthy, lying ,corrupt hands on power again.

    OPPOSITON spokesman on education. (MINISTER Tolley just has to keep you at arms length bully boy so you don’t connect as you fire the haymaker)

    Do you draw the line on punching women bully boy???? Somehow I doubt it.

    OPPOSITION spokesman on the Americas cup (big bloody deal)

    OPPOSITION spokesman on the rugby world cup (again big deal) You are the one who made the empty promise of a waterfront stadium, you knew could not be delivered, typical full of shit bully.

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  28. Inventory2 (10,161 comments) says:

    Two words spring to mind over this reshuffle – Titanic and deckchairs

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  29. lofty (1,304 comments) says:

    If you reckon you are not my favourite polly trev…you have passed the intelligence test (shit you could be an education spokesman for the OPPOSITION).

    I despise the way you drag down OUR house of representatives.

    Aspiner says you are a good debater…No you are not, you are a bully baiter, full of rhetoric and no goods.

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  30. Michael E (274 comments) says:

    Mallard is an odd choice – National will be able highlight how many schools he closed every question he poses, and then contrast with their infrastructure rebuilding scheme which includes many schools, including the Hutt Valley ones that are very overdue for upgrade.

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  31. Ross Miller (1,676 comments) says:

    Has-been Hawkins as their spokeman of local government … looks like Labour has capitulated on the Auckland Super City debate. Remind me the last time Hawkins debated anything or even spoke in the House. Seat-warmer el supremo and a dinossaur of the classic vintage who Labour tried to tip out prior to the last election … and failed.

    Superb example of the new talent in Labour …. laugh, cough, Tui Ad coming on.

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  32. hayek (81 comments) says:

    The types of schools Mallard closed generally were ones in communities that now have much better road access combined with decreased populations due to advanced farm technology and forestry conversions. Theres no point paying a teaching principal $70K + to teach 8 kids, plus at least twice that again on building maintenance, resourcing etc, when there’s another school ~20 minutes (or often much less) away. I don’t know why National would want to bring and criticise such (mostly) sensible decisions, being as they are all about fair allocation of public resources…

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  33. JakeQuinn (15 comments) says:

    Chadwick will be good in Arts in Culture – as long as she keeps her brother away from arts policy ;-) .., Labour will benefit from the return of their Farmer O’Connor who speaks sense to the blokes like no other, and Hawkens on Local Govt.. hmm an interesting selection – Cunliffe would have been a better bet during the auckland super council stuff i rekon. And I’m unsure C Carter on foreign affairs is for the long term; with Twyford, Robertson and soon Shearer waiting in the wings. In any case tis’ Good to see Goff making his mark and the news – Guyon was loving him on TV1 tonight.

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  34. Madeleine (230 comments) says:

    Paulus (86) said:

    What has Mahuta done to warrant demotion – she did nothing before?

    I heard she is pregnant. So, if true, she’ll naturally be wanting to lighten her workload and think ahead.

    big bruv said:

    What the fuck is ” Interfaith Dialogue”?

    Its pc speak for liberal religion and discussions with proponents thereof – you know the sort of saps that say they belong to some faith but don’t actually believe any of it is true (or rather just wouldn’t know what 2+2 = even if they had a calculator).

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  35. clintheine (1,568 comments) says:

    Interfaith Dialogue = this is a clever way of Labour creating a role to use against National if they choose to abolish any such portfolio. They culd accuse of National not caring about “Interfaith Dialogue”. it is like how Labour have rainbow, transgender, womynist caucuses… because they need to marginalise minorities so fool them into thinking only Labour cares about them.

    Don’t forget that Labour loves championing the idea that every “group” needs Labour representation. It’s all bollocks of course.

    Trev – I suggest next time you keep Labour away from our sporting events, Clark was the black widow for many of our previous losses. Oh and threatening ARU and the IRB with anal bottle rape mightn’t be appreciated this time either. As for the Americas Cup, that makes no sense. If that was the case we need a minister for the football world cup and the ice hockey too!!

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  36. tvb (4,234 comments) says:

    Trevor can be quite a sensible person to deal with. But he belongs to the “dirty” element in the Labour Party and does not present any real political difficulties for the National Party. He will basically push the Teachers’ Union agenda. Labour have the view that Anne Tolley is a weak link in the Government and sending Trevor with his bully boy tactics will pay a political dividend for them. As John Key said who cares. Trevor in well into his middle age, I doubt he will make it back into Government.

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  37. RainbowGlobalWarming (295 comments) says:

    Interfaith dialogoue is a euphamism for positive discrimination using religion as a proxy for (minority) race.

    Now Labour have been ditched by the Ratana Church and by Maori they are dreaming up new ways to bribe minority interest groups and try and make National into baby eaters.

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