Jamie Ensor at Newshub writes:
While Ardern said no substantive changes are in the works, there will be some movement, says Tova O’Brien.
“The predictions are sound in terms of Kris Faafoi – he is definitely the favourite to get a spot in Cabinet,” O’Brien told The AM Show.
If Faafoi does not get promoted to Cabinet, then the only conclusion must be there is a ban on men being promoted. He has clearly performed well enough to be there. He is performing better than many front benchers.
O’Brien said Whaitiri could also be back in some role, after strong support from some colleagues.
Less so from her staff. Good example to set for employers that assaulting staff only requires a temporary demotion.
The future isn’t clear for Phil Twyford, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, and Minister of Transport.
O’Brien said the KiwiBuild programme, intended to build 100,000 homes in 10 years, that he oversees, has been a “humiliating destruction”.
While the first annual target for KiwiBuild was originally 1000 homes, in January, Twyford said only 300 would be done by the July 1 deadline. But in May, the Government couldn’t say how many houses would end up done by then.
On June 5, the KiwiBuild website said 102 houses had been completed.
To make their election promise they need to build a house ever 2,400 seconds by 30 June. That is including nights and weekends. If you assume there is no building at midnight or at weekends, then that is a house every 570 working seconds.
“There is also a spectre of an axe still hanging over Iain Lees-Galloway, the Immigration Minister, after the Karel Sroubek debacle last year.”
I would be surprised if he got moved.