Today I am confirming a minor shadow cabinet reshuffle due to the retirement of Paula Bennett.
Dr Shane Reti will be ranked number 13 and will take on Associate Drug Reform. Shane has demonstrated a huge intellect and capacity for work, supporting Michael Woodhouse in our Covid-19 response, as well as achieving much in the Tertiary Education portfolio.
Reti is very solid and a deserved promotion. He is well respected within the tertiary sector for his approach to the portfolio.
Simon Bridges will be picking up the Foreign Affairs portfolio and will be ranked at number 17.
Good to see Simon get the portfolio he wanted. Foreign Affairs is a good portfolio for a former leader.