Labour’s Shadow Cabinet

February 25th, 2013 at 1:39 pm by David Farrar

’s new lineup is here, according to their website:

  1. David Shearer – Science & Innovation
  2. Grant Robertson – Employment, Arts
  3. David Parker – Finance, Shadow Attorney-General
  4. Jacinda Ardern – Welfare, Children
  5. Clayton Cosgrove – SOEs, Commerce, Trade
  6. Annette King – Health
  7. Shane Jones – Regional Development, Foresty, Associate Finance
  8. Phil Twyford – Housing, Auckland
  9. Maryan Street – Environment
  10. Chris Hipkins – Education, Chief Whip
  11. Nanaia Mahuta – Youth, Maori Development
  12. David Clark – Economic Development, Small Business
  13. Sue Moroney – ACC, ECE, Women’s Affairs
  14. Su’a William Sio – Local Government, Pacific
  15. Phil Goff – Foreign Affairs, State Services, Defence
  16. Darien Fenton – Labour, Immigration, Junior Whip
  17. Damien O’Connor – Primary Industries, Food Safety
  18. Clare Curran – Comms/ICT, Open Govt
  19. Andrew Little – Justice, Tourism
  20. Megan Woods – Tertiary Education

The top 20 are generally considered the shadow cabinet. Cunliffe has been given a portfolio, but this indicate he will not be in the Government if Shearer wins. In fact only the top 14 or so might get to be in Cabinet as you need room for coalition partners.

The top eight sit on the front bench, so King, Jones and Twyford join the front bench and Sio, Mahuta and Street get demoted off it. That is a significant reshuffle for the front bench.

King is a very safe pair of hands, and may be the first Labour Health Spokesperson in four years to lay a blow on Ryall. Against that promoting someone who was a Minister in the 1980s onto the front bench in the 2010s doesn’t signal rejuvenation.

I’ve previously said that Jones and Twyford deserve promotions. I am surprised Hipkins didn’t go all the way onto the front bench though.

Robertson is put in charge of jobs. He is an effective politician but may struggle for credibility to talk about job creation when as far as I know his entire career has been in the public sector, and he has never actually worked in the private sector which actually creates the jobs (and funds the public sector).

David Clark is obviously well thought off to put him against Steven Joyce. He has worked in Treasury so understands economics (unlike most of his colleagues).

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54 Responses to “Labour’s Shadow Cabinet”

  1. Keeping Stock (10,443 comments) says:

    It’s already been dubbed the Retro Reshuffle. You have to feel for Shearer though; he doesn’t exactly have a plethora of talent to work with :D

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  2. shoreboy57 (140 comments) says:

    Poor old Trevor, can’t even make top 20 among that talent less mob

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  3. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    David Clark is obviously well thought off to put him against Steven Joyce. He has worked in Treasury so understands economics (unlike most of his colleagues).

    He exposed the lack of depth in some of his economic knowledge last year.

    He’s been given:
    Spokesperson for Economic Development
    Spokesperson for Small Business

    Don’t know how much experience he has in those, I’m not aware of him working in small business. Interestingly his co-Dunedin MP (who Clark has leapfrogged in the rankings) is Associate Spokesperson for Economic Development.

    12 on the bench is a rapid rise for Clark, he was 49 on Labour’s list in 2011.

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  4. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    Mallard is lining up a job as Speaker so ranking isn’t so important.

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  5. Redbaiter (9,657 comments) says:

    Oh yeah, a (Shadow) Minister for Children without any children herself.

    Are we allowed to point out such truths yet or is that another verboetten utterance?

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  6. virtualmark (1,540 comments) says:

    As I look at that line up of talent the question going through my mind is “If you had to start a new political party from scratch with those as your candidates then would you really get past the 5% threshold?”.

    Labour as a brand has a lot of inertia. Too many people tick the red Labour box because they always have, and because their parents always did.

    But this mob of hacks and has beens is not adding any lustre to that brand. With this sort of talent at the helm Labour is in a death spiral.

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  7. RF (1,454 comments) says:

    Dead men – women walking

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  8. SPC (5,787 comments) says:

    Redbaiter, being a solo mother is not a prerequisite for leading Work and Income or being their Minister.

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  9. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    I guess that no-one in the top 20 has been allocated Transport means they have already surrendered that to Julie Anne Genter and the Greens.

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  10. SPC (5,787 comments) says:

    Obviously Cunliffe should be talking to United about standing in Ohariu or number 2 on the list.

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  11. Lloyd (125 comments) says:

    Clare Curran is spokesperson for ‘Open Government’. Really.
    Am I the only person to see that this is ridiculous?
    A reminder: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10476387

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  12. dime (10,134 comments) says:

    Jacinda Ardern – Welfare, Children
    Nanaia Mahuta – Youth, Maori Development

    Im worried there will be a grey area and the tweens will miss out FFS

    Maori Development – pity there isnt PI development, Asian development etc etc or we just call it.. wait for it.. development.

    Andrew Little – Justice, Tourism – if Little can do the tourism ads, overseas people will flock here.

    only 7 chicks?

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  13. James Stephenson (2,233 comments) says:

    The Shadow Shallow Cabinet.

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  14. BeaB (2,148 comments) says:

    But Redbaiter, according to the SST she is the best looking MP!!!!
    Nothing to see here and John Key can sleep easy.

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  15. Alan Johnstone (1,087 comments) says:

    It truly is a shocking lineup, but you can only play the cards you’re dealt and Phil Goff’s failure to get sufficient new blood in during his time as leader and make a clean break from the Clark years is holding them back.

    The truly frightening thing is this lot which a bunch of greens added have an even money shout of being in power in 18 months.

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  16. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Goff still front row…..friends in high places…namely UN I should think.

    Sue Moroney sneaking up. Loud, ambitious and brash enough to become future leader

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  17. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Annette King is 65 years old and first entered CABINET in the 1980’s
    This is Annette taking one for the Labour team as a final thank you for decades at the trough. Nobody has laid a glove on Tony Ryall in four years, I do not see that changing.

    Quite what experience a middle class farm girl from the Waikato with no private sector paid employment or children brings to her portfolio responsibilities is a complete mystery. Ardern must simply be the acceptable face of Labour. What an irony for a party that was run by an extreme feminist for most of the last two decades has fallen to promoting a woman based solely on the fact she is not ugly.
    The only winner in this is Mallard, more time for cycling and romance and he can take a break from being blamed for everything.

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  18. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    And lets not forget Mr Blobby. Employment???? Far out, playing Baldrick to H2, eating and sucking on the public tit gets you the employment portfolio.
    A man who irons his shirt with a wok will never be PM again in this country.

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  19. Keeping Stock (10,443 comments) says:

    Correct BB; King and Mallard both entered Parliament in 1984, got turfed in the Bolger landslide of 1990, and returned in 1993. If Annette King is the future of the Labour Party, then the Labour Party is in deep shit.

    The only longer serving MP’s now than Mallard and King are Winston Peters and Phil Goff.

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  20. Nookin (3,471 comments) says:

    What does Little understand about a justice portfolio? And tourism! I would have thought that some semblance of charisma would be an essential ingrediant for tourism. Wonder how he will deal with the Hollywood moguls when he tries to get some free publicity?

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  21. Allyson (47 comments) says:

    Theyre hiding lefty lightweight Darien Fenton. She got Labour, but she doesn’t seem to know if wages are rising or not.

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  22. queenstfarmer (782 comments) says:

    David Clark for Economic Development & Small Business? Then I hope his first task will be to learn the difference between revenue and profit.

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  23. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    Mallard is lining up a job as Speaker so ranking isn’t so important.

    You think that after all these years in Parliament, Mallard doesn’t care where he is ranked? There’s a Tui billboard right there.

    He’ll be smarting behind the customary Mallard smirk. He can talk about about a glorious future as Speaker all he likes. He knows this is a right spanking from Shearer for his abject failure on strategy.

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  24. tvb (4,518 comments) says:

    The resuscitation of Annette King is quite interesting. Hardly rejuvenation. Labour will be hoping she can get some runs against Tony Ryall. I always felt she was overrated. Smart politically but not all that bright.

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  25. Redbaiter (9,657 comments) says:

    “But Redbaiter, according to the SST she is the best looking MP!!!!”

    They were just channeling Helen Klark. :)

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  26. RRM (10,034 comments) says:

    All new for 2014: A new rearrangement of the same people you didn’t vote for in 2011. :???:

    Vote Labour!

    Own Our Future!

    etc..

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  27. Archer (215 comments) says:

    By dropping Housing down the ranking and giving it to Twyford it looks like Labour have condemned their affordable housing policy.

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  28. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    All new for 2014: A new rearrangement of the same people you didn’t vote for in 2011.

    Well they do campaign on saving ‘assets’…

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  29. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (895 comments) says:

    This is a great line up. With Aunty King in the front bench, Shearer has rejuvenated his line up. Lots of talent and this is a government in waiting. John Key must be shaking in fear now. Shearer looks like a clear winner in 2014. Shearer is telling Kiwi public that Aunty is the future. I can’t wait for the Labour-Green-NZ First-Mana combination to come into power in 2014 and ruin this country economically. Then only people will wake up.

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  30. Paulus (2,672 comments) says:

    Looks Wonderful – long may it reign

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  31. Right of way is Way of Right (1,122 comments) says:

    Brilliant, let’s bring back all the same people that got us voted out the last time!!

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  32. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    Lianne Dalziel: Christchurch mayoralty here I come

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  33. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    David Clark for Dunedin North
    I’ve received a big promotion in the Labour reshuffle, picking up Economic Development and Small Business. David Shearer says he wants a smart, green, diversified economy. My job is to show how we get there.

    Background:
    – Presbyterian minister
    – marriage celebrant (he was Grant Robertson’s celebrant)
    – Treasury analyst 2003-2006
    – Advisor to Hon David Parker 2006 – 2007
    – warden of Selwyn College

    A big job ahead of him.

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  34. Keeping Stock (10,443 comments) says:

    tvb said

    The resuscitation of Annette King is quite interesting. Hardly rejuvenation. Labour will be hoping she can get some runs against Tony Ryall. I always felt she was overrated. Smart politically but not all that bright.

    IIRC, Annette King was given instructions to take down Paula Bennett when Bennett was given the Social Development portfolio. That Jacinda Ardern took over from her suggests that Mrs King failed miserably. Now she is up against Tony Ryall, who has probably been National’s best-performing minister since 2008. I doubt that Ryall will toss and turn all night tonight.

    And as an aside, King may turn out to be the wrong choice for Health for another reason. It was the whistle being blown on some dodgy contracting processes (and her husband Ray Lind’s connection with Peter Hausmann) which led to David Cunliffe sacking the democratically elected Hawke’s Bay District Health Board in early 2008. Labour took a huge hit over Baygate, and the Napier electorate went from a safe Labour seat for many years to a win for National in 2008, and a majority of almost 4000 for Chris Tremain in 2011.

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  35. davidp (3,588 comments) says:

    Toad>I guess that no-one in the top 20 has been allocated Transport means they have already surrendered that to Julie Anne Genter and the Greens.

    No, it means they don’t think transport is important enough to appoint a spokesperson. They’ve surrendered to Gerry Brownlee.

    Who was Labour’s previous transport spokesperson? I’m struggling to remember, so it doesn’t seem they made any impact. It wasn’t Bicycling Trev by any chance? He seems to spend most of his time on NZ’s roads.

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  36. Cato (1,095 comments) says:

    How come Iain Lees-Galloway can’t catch a break? He seems like a pretty competent guy.

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  37. stigie (1,332 comments) says:

    Well, i would have thought Shearer would keep Silent T close to him

    like Klark did with Kullen. Bloody shame really, he seems the one

    with any brains in the Liarbore party. They can kiss 2014 goodbye !!

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  38. backster (2,185 comments) says:

    PARKER is party spokeman on Finance but Shadow Attorney General. Sure looks like NORMAN has been promised Finance.

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  39. infused (660 comments) says:

    best outcome National could have hoped for.

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  40. Keeping Stock (10,443 comments) says:

    Cato said

    How come Iain Lees-Galloway can’t catch a break? He seems like a pretty competent guy.

    You’ve answered your own question Cato. Competency counts for nowt.

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  41. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    Bouncing back…

    NZ Young Nats ‏@nzyoungnats

    Shearer called Nick Smith a retread when he returned to Cabinet. What does he call Shane Jones & Annette King? Fresh? #retroreshuffle

    Mallard and Dalziel are blowouts, Cunliffe remains deflated.

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  42. noskire (842 comments) says:

    Coming in at #21. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Defibrillator_Monitor.jpg

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  43. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    How come Iain Lees-Galloway can’t catch a break? He seems like a pretty competent guy.

    Perhaps there’s less to him than meets the eye…

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  44. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    Cosgrove, failed candidate at the last election (lost to Wilkinson I think) is their number 5 .. REALLY?
    I know the cupboard is bare but bloody hell.
    And Moroney at 13, wow

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  45. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    Some will be pleased at the resurgence of Damien O’Connor under Shearer though. Unwanted by Goff’s team and only saved by retaking the West Coast, he is now half way up the pack at #17

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  46. Andrei (2,668 comments) says:

    Jacinda Ardern – Welfare, Children

    What would this childless spinster know about children?

    Anyway she seems more interested in corrupting them into believing that sexual deviancy is normal.

    Fifty years ago it was the raincoat brigade that parents had to beware, now it is policians who are intent on leading them astray

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  47. duggledog (1,589 comments) says:

    God what a desperate sorry shambles. It really is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic

    Dog tucker. That’s not an opposition

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  48. RF (1,454 comments) says:

    The standard is buzzing like a bee hive since the reshuffle. Shit they really do not like Shearer and co and heading off to the greens. I could not imagine National supporters dumping on John Key in this way.

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  49. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    RF, last election Key was 1 on the National list.

    In comparison Shearer was 31 for Labour, one below Chris Hipkins. The only current MPs below Shearer were:
    31. David Shearer
    33. Phil Twyford
    37. Iain Lees-Galloway
    41. Kris Faafoi
    45. Rino Tirikatene
    47. Megan Woods
    49. David Clark

    That would be sort of comparable to one of these MPs becoming National leader:
    30. Simon Bridges
    31. Michael Woodhouse
    32. Chester Borrows
    33. Nikki Kaye
    34. Melissa Lee

    Shearer has less parliamentary experience than all of them.

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  50. s.russell (1,646 comments) says:

    Shearer chose the tired old hacks because they are on avergae more competent and less nutty than the newer people. It simply reflects the steady decline in the quality of candidates selected – driven in turn by Labour’s crusade for ideological purity and distrust of moderates.

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  51. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    duggledog – As crap as this lineup looks, and it’s a sorry, sorry list, it only takes a bunch of equally hopeless, leftist/selfist successful candidates from other parties to have sufficient seats for a coalition government to be formed. Hooorah for MMP :(

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  52. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    Oh yeah, a (Shadow) Minister for Children without any children herself.

    If you feel that strongly about it, you can do something about it. Ask her out.

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  53. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    @PeterDunneMP

    Labour caucus reshuffle looks like the Black Caps squad. No matter how the batting order is changed, still unclear where the runs will come from.

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  54. Manolo (14,082 comments) says:

    The whorish Dunne might need to eat his words after the next election!

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