Ministerial reshuffle

Bill English has announced a minor reshuffle due to the retirements of Murray McCully and Hekia Parata.

  • Nikki Kaye becomes Education Minister (from Parata)
  • Gerry Brownlee becomes Foreign Minister (from McCully)
  • Mark Mitchell becomes Defence Minister (from Brownlee) and moves inside Cabinet
  • Nathan Guy becomes Civil Defence Minister (from Brownlee)
  • Simon Bridges becomes Leader of the House (from Brownlee)
  • Nicky Wagner becomes Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration (from Brownlee)
  • Amy Adams takes some house building (from N Smith)
  • Tim Macindoe made Minister of Customs and Associate Education and Associate Transport
  • Scott Simpson made Minister of Statistics and Associate Environment and Associate Immigration

Looks to be all pretty sensible. Huge kudos to Nikki Kaye for taking on such a huge portfolio at such a relatively youthful age. Also a big vote of confidence in Mark Mitchell in giving him Defence,

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