Rodney Hide has a press conference scheduled for 1.15 pm. Will update as news is known.
UPDATE2: The Hon John Boscawen has been appointed Minister of Consumer Affairs and Associate Minister of Commerce. Rodney Hide loses Associate Commerce and picks up Associate Education, and the role of Associate Defence Minister lapses.
Commerce is a natural fit for Boscawen. Rodney taking Associate Education could be interesting – I suspect he will push for a more aggressive policy programme there.
Somewhat sad to see Heather’s career end this abruptly, but that is the nature of politics, and it was somewhat inevitable after what happened last year.