David Cunliffe’s reshuffle sends a message to some of those he might call stale and pale, though not all male, that their time is up.
-Ross Robertson Assistant Speaker, Racing, Associate Disarmament and Arms Control
-Trevor Mallard Internal Affairs (including Ministerial Services), Sport and Recreation, America’s Cup, Associate Finance
-Ruth Dyson Conservation, Senior Citizens, Disability Issues, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Land Information
-Clare CurranCivil Defence and Emergency Management, Open Government, Associate Regional Development, Associate ICT, Associate Economic Development (Procurement)
-Rajen Prasad Immigration, Associate Ethnic Affairs, Associate Social Development (CYFS)
-Raymond Huo Statistics, Associate Ethnic Affairs, Associate Education (Export Education), Associate Justice, Associate Building and Construction
-Rino Tirikatene Customs, Associate Maori Affairs, Associate Forestry, Associate Small Business
-Meka Whaitiri Water, Associate Regional Development, Associate Local Government, Associate Primary Industries
Tirikatene and Whaitiri are new enough to have time to go up and Ross Robertson is retiring at the next election.
But Mallard, Dyson, Rurran, Prasad and Huo have been sent a pretty clear signal they’re not wanted on the voyage while Cunliffe’s running the ship.
The MPs ranked are:
1 – David Cunliffe Leader, Security and Intelligence, Regional Development, ICT
2 – David Parker Deputy Leader, Finance, Attorney-General
3 – Grant Robertson Shadow Leader of the House, Employment, Skills and Training, Tertiary Education, Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage
4 – Annette King Health
5 – Shane Jones Economic Development, Maori Affairs, Forestry, Building and Construction, Associate Fisheries, Associate Finance
6 – Jacinda Ardern Children, Police, Corrections, Arts, Culture and Heritage
7 – Clayton Cosgrove SOEs, Commerce, Earthquake Commission, Associate Finance
8 – Chris Hipkins Education, Early Childhood Education
9 – Nanaia Mahuta Treaty Negotiations, Maori Development (post settlement issues), Associate Regional Development, Associate Innovation, Research and Development
10 – Sue Moroney Senior Whip, Social Development
11 – Phil Twyford Housing, Auckland Issues, Associate Environment (Cities)
12 – Maryan Street State Services, Associate Foreign Affairs (ODA/Human Rights), Disarmament and Arms Control, Caucus Secretary (nominee)
13 – David Shearer Foreign Affairs, Energy and Resources
14 – Su’a William Sio Pacific Island Affairs, Local Government, Interfaith Dialogue, Associate Social Development
15 – Phil Goff Defence, Trade, Ethnic Affairs, Veterans’ Affairs, Associate Foreign Affairs
16 – Louisa Wall Youth Affairs, Community and Voluntary Sector, Associate Social Development, Associate Auckland Issues (South Auckland), Associate Sport and Recreation
17 – Andrew Little Justice, Labour
18 – Moana Mackey Environment, Climate Change, Associate Health, Science
19 – Damien O’Connor Primary Industries, Fisheries, Biosecurity, Food Safety
20 – David Clark Revenue, Small Business, Associate Finance, Associate Health
21 – Iain Lees-Galloway Junior Whip, ACC, Associate Health
22 – Kris Faafoi Broadcasting, Associate ICT, Associate Pacific Island Affairs
23 – Carol Beaumont Women’s Affairs – Consumer Rights and Standards, Associate Labour, Assistant Whip
24 – Megan Woods Innovation, Research and Development, Associate Transport, Associate Tertiary Education, Associate Education (Christchurch)
25 -Darien Fenton Transport, Tourism, Associate Labour, Associate Immigration, Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage.
In spite of Labour’s script that they’re kinder to beneficiaries, Ardern hasn’t managed to make any headway against Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, has lost that portfolio and dropped a couple of places in the rankings.