English’s Reshuffle

The full announcement and list are here.

Key details are:

Promoted to Ministry

  • Alfred Ngaro, List MP
  • Mark Mitchell, MP for Rodney
  • David Bennett, MP for Hamilton Easy
  • Jacqui Dean, MP for Waitaki

Out of the Ministry

  • John Key
  • Hekia Parata (on 1 May)
  • Murray McCully (on 1 May)
  • Sam Lotu-Iiga
  • Craig Foss
  • Jo Goodhew

Promoted from outside to inside Cabinet

  • Paul Goldsmith
  • Louise Upston

Promoted up the rankings significantly

  • Paula Bennett up 3 from 5 to 2
  • Simon Bridges up 4 from 9 to 5
  • Michael Woodhouse up 8 from 17 to 9
  • Nathan Guy up 3 from 15 to 12
  • Paul Goldsmith up 6 from 25 to 19
  • Louise Upston up 4 from 24 to 20

Gone down the rankings significantly

  • Nick Smith down 3 from 12 to 15

Portfolio changes

  • Prime Minister from John Key to Bill English
  • Deputy PM from Bill English to Paula Bennett
  • ACC from Nikki Kaye to Michael Woodhouse
  • Associate ACC from Paul Goldsmith to Jacqui Dean
  • Building and Housing becomes Building and Construction for Nick Smith
  • Children to Anne Tolley
  • Associate Children to Alfred Ngaro
  • Civil Defence from Nikki Kaye to Gerry Brownlee
  • Commerce and Consumer Affairs from Paul Goldsmith to Jacqui Dean
  • Communications from Amy Adams to Simon Bridges
  • Community and Voluntary Sector from Jo Goodhew to Alfred Ngaro
  • Corrections from Judith Collins to Louise Upston
  • Economic Development from Steven Joyce to Simon Bridges
  • Associate Economic Development to Nathan Guy
  • Education (likely) from Hekia Parata to Nikki Kaye on 1 May
  • Associate Education to Louise Upston
  • Energy and Resources from Simon Bridges to Judith Collins
  • Ethnic Communities Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga to Judith Collins
  • Food Safety from Jo Goodhew to David Bennett
  • Finance from Bill English to Steven Joyce
  • Associate Finance from Paula Bennett and Steven Joyce to Simon Bridges and Amy Adams
  • Associate Foreign from Todd McClay
  • Associate Health from Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Jo Goodhew to Nicky Wagner
  • HNZC from Bill English to Amy Adams
  • Associate Immigration from Craig Foss to David Bennett
  • Infrastructure to Steven Joyce
  • Associate Justice from Simon Bridges to Mark Mitchell
  • Land Information from Louise Upston to Mark Mitchell
  • Local Government from Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga to Anne Tolley
  • Associate Local Government from Louise Upston to Jacqui Dean
  • Ministerial Services from John Key to Bill English
  • National Security and Intelligence from John Key to Bill English
  • Novopay from Steven Joyce to Hekia Parata (and made part of Education)
  • Pacific Peoples from Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga to Alfred Ngaro
  • Associate Primary Industries from Jo Goodhew to Louise Upston
  • Regulatory Reform from Steven Joyce to Paul Goldsmith
  • Revenue from Michael Woodhouse to Judith Collins
  • Science and Innovation from Steven Joyce to Paul Goldsmith
  • Associate Sport from Murray McCully
  • Associate Social Development from Jo Goodhew
  • Social Housing from Paula Bennett to Amy Adams
  • Associate Social Housing to Alfred Ngaro
  • Social Investment to Amy Adams
  • Tertiary Education from Steven Joyce to Paul Goldsmith
  • Tourism from John Key to Paula Bennett
  • Associate Tourism from Paula Bennett to Nicky Wagner
  • Associate Transport from Craig Foss to David Bennett
  • Women from Louise Upston to Paula Bennett
  • Small Business from Craig Foss to Jacqui Dean
  • Statistics from Craig Foss to Mark Mitchell
  • Veterans’ Affairs from Craig Foss to David Bennett

In one sense a reasonably significant reshuffle, even though it could have been bolder. When the second tranche takes effect in May 2017, then it will be quite a different look to the past.

English flagged that it is likely Nikki Kaye will take over Education from Hekia Parata in May, and I presume take her front bench No 11 spot.  Who will take over McCully is less obvious as there is no Associate Foreign Affairs but my guess would be Coleman gets it and Woodhouse in turn gets Health. Time will tell.

After 1 May, there will only be nine out of the original 27 Ministers remaining from the 2008 Key Ministry. That is significant renewal – two thirds new by the end of the third term.


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