New cabinet

Prime Minsiter John Key has announced a new cabinet with a mixture of fresh talent and experience:

 “There has been a revamp of some portfolios, and some first-term Ministers have been rewarded for their performance.

“The new National-led Government is ready to hit the ground running.  There is a lot of work to do as we look to continue implementing our plans to build a stronger economy, reduce debt, and create more jobs.

“The front bench is being strengthened with the elevation of Steven Joyce, who will have a mix of economically-focused portfolios reflecting the priority the incoming National Government places on economic growth.  He will get a new portfolio called Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, as well as Economic Development, Science and Innovation, and Associate Finance.

“Hekia Parata and Paula Bennett are also promoted to the front bench.  Hekia Parata gains the Education portfolio.  Paula Bennett retains the Social Development and Youth Affairs portfolios. 

“Hekia Parata will build on the good work of Anne Tolley in the Education portfolio, particularly around the implementation of National Standards, one of National’s key policies to boost student achievement.  Anne Tolley becomes Minister of Corrections and Police, and Deputy Leader of the House.

“Judith Collins is elevated and gains the Justice Portfolio vacated by Simon Power, along with ACC and Ethnic Affairs,” says Mr Key.

Other changes include:

  • Gerry Brownlee will resume the role of Leader of the      House, and is given the Transport portfolio.  He retains the      all-important role of Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery.
  • David Carter receives the Primary Industries portfolio, which combines the Agriculture, Biosecurity, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Forestry portfolios.
  • Jonathan Coleman picks up Defence, State Services and Associate Finance, while Phil Heatley picks up Energy and Resources while retaining Housing.
  • The Infrastructure portfolio is incorporated into Bill  English’s Finance portfolio, and the Disarmament and Arms Control  portfolio is incorporated into Murray McCully’s Foreign Affairs portfolio.

“New Minister inside Cabinet Amy Adams is given the Associate role for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, and also becomes Minister for Communications and Information Technology, and Internal Affairs,” says Mr Key.

Other new Ministers inside Cabinet are Nathan Guy and Craig Foss, who were both Ministers outside Cabinet in the previous term.  Mr Guy picks up Immigration and Mr Foss Broadcasting and Commerce.

There are three new National Ministers outside Cabinet – Chris Tremain, Jo Goodhew and Chester Borrows, all of whom pick up a mixture of portfolios.  Maurice Williamson is the fourth National Minister outside Cabinet.

“The support party Ministerial roles have already been announced, but I want to acknowledge again their contribution to the formation of a strong, stable, National-led Government.”

The Ministerial line-up also includes a number of changes to reduce the number of portfolios and separate Ministerial responsibilities.   Ten portfolios or Ministerial responsibilities have either been disestablished or incorporated into other portfolios.

“This is a strong line-up for our second term.  The new Government will be totally focused on delivering for New Zealand,” says Mr Key.

The new Ministry will be sworn in at Government House in Wellington on Wednesday morning.

The full list is:


1  Rt Hon John Key;   Prime Minister; Minister of Tourism, Minister Responsible for Ministerial

Services, Minister in Charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service, Minister Responsible for the GCSB.

2  Hon Bill English Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance (The Finance portfolio incorporates the responsibilities formerly included in the Infrastructure portfolio).

3  Hon Gerry Brownlee,   Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Minister of Transport, Leader of the House, Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission.

4  Hon Steven Joyce   Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Associate Minister of Finance.

5  Hon Judith Collins  Minister of Justice (The Justice portfolio includes responsibility for the Law Commission), Minister for ACC, Minister for Ethnic Affairs.

6  Hon Tony Ryall   Minister of Health,  Minister for State Owned Enterprises

7  Hon Hekia Parata   Minister of Education (which includes responsibility for the Education Review Office), Minister of Pacific Island Affairs.

8  Hon Christopher Finlayson  Attorney-General Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations,

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Associate Minister of Maori Affairs

9  Hon Paula Bennett Minister for Social Development, Minister of Youth Affairs

10  Hon Dr Nick Smith   Minister for the Environment, Minister for Climate Change Issues, Minister of Local Government

11  Hon David Carter  Minister for Primary Industries which incorporates the responsibilities formerly included in the Agriculture, Biosecurity, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Forestry portfolios.

12  Hon Murray McCully  Minister of Foreign Affairs portfolio which incorporates the responsibilities formerly included in the Disarmament and Arms portfolio;  Minister for Sport and Recreation.

13  Hon Anne Tolley   Minister of Police,  Minister of Corrections, Deputy Leader of the House

14  Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman   Minister of Defence, Minister of State Services, Associate Minister of Finance.

15  Hon Tim Groser   Minister of Trade, Minister Responsible for International Climate Change Negotiations, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs.

16  Hon Phil Heatley    Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Housing.

17  Hon Kate Wilkinson Minister of Conservation, Minister of Labour, Minister for Food Safety, Associate Minister of Immigration.

18  Hon Nathan Guy  Minister of Immigration, Minister for Racing,  Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Associate Minister for Primary Industries.

19  Hon Craig Foss    Minister of Commerce, Minister of Broadcasting, Associate Minister for ACC, Associate Minister of Education.

20  Amy Adams Minister of Internal Affairs, which includes responsibility for Archives New Zealand and the New Zealand National Library; Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Associate Minister for Canterbury, Earthquake Recovery.


21  Hon Maurice Williamson Minister for Building and Construction, Minister of Customs, Minister for Land Information, Minister of Statistics.

22  Chris Tremain   Minister of Civil Defence, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Associate Minister of Tourism, Associate Minister of Transport.

23  Jo Goodhew   Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Senior Citizens, Minister of Women’s Affairs, Associate Minister of Health.

24  Chester Borrows   Minister of Courts, Associate Minister of Justice, Associate Minister of Social Development


Hon Peter Dunne  Minister of Revenue, Associate Minister of Conservation, Associate Minister of Health.

Hon John Banks   Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister for Small Business, Associate Minister of Commerce, Associate Minister of Education

Hon Dr Pita Sharples  Minister of Maori Affairs, Associate Minister of Corrections, Associate Minister of Education.

Hon Tariana Turia   Minister for Whanau Ora,  Minister for Disability Issues, Associate Minister of Health, Associate Minister of Housing, Associate Minister for Social Development, Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment – he delegated responsibilities in this portfolio will specifically relate to the Employment area.

6 Responses to New cabinet

  1. robertguyton says:

    How do you explain Tolley’s dumping, Ele?


  2. jabba says:

    “Anne Tolley becomes Minister of Corrections and Police, and Deputy Leader of the House”.
    Not a bad list of jobs for a dumped Minister bOb, No green MPs on the list (no pun intended) .. again. How do YOU explain that?


  3. homepaddock says:

    Robert, Jabba’s given you the answer.

    A change of portfolios isn’t a dumping, it happens for all sorts of reasons, including finding the best fit between people and portfolios when there are new ministers to be accommodated.


  4. Richard says:

    Great choice – Hekia Parata, for education. Paternal side from the far south; father born in Riverton. You must be able to relate to this Robert, its in the soil.


  5. JC says:

    Tolley did OK getting National Standards through against the most boorish union in the country, but Parata is Maori and showing a strong wish to improve the stats of the bottom (mostly Maori) 20% of pupils.



  6. Ross says:

    Let us just hope that Hekia Parata is extremely successful in lifting the standard of educational attainment for the bottom 20-30%.

    It would be good news across the country.

    I wonder if the teachers and their obstructive and head-in-the-sand union are up to the task.


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