Goff announces changes to shadow Cabinet and portfolio allocations

Labour Leader Phil Goff has today unveiled changes to his shadow Cabinet following the departure of the Rt Hon Helen Clark and Hon Michael Cullen, and the return of Hon Damien O’Connor.

“Both Michael and Helen made huge contributions to the party and New Zealand but the time has come to move forward,” Phil Goff said.

“I have also taken this opportunity to reallocate a number of portfolios within caucus.

Phil Goff said Chris Carter will take over the role of Opposition spokesperson on Foreign Affairs.

“Chris’ track record as a strong Minister of Ethnic Affairs and his excellent knowledge interest and international contacts will stand him in good stead to take on that role,” Phil Goff said.

“Trevor Mallard will return to Labour’s front bench to take over as Labour’s education spokesperson. Trevor is an experienced and effective Opposition MP. He is ideal for the job and well respected in the sector given his previous role as Minister of Education and his intimate knowledge of Education.

Shane Jones will take on the Economic Development and Environment portfolios.

“Shane’s commercial experience, work on the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission and his qualifications will make him valuable for the Labour with his new roles,” Phil Goff said.

Nanaia Mahuta has relinquished her role as Environment spokesperson and has taken on Maori social development. At her own request for personal reasons, she has moved off the front bench.

Other changes are outlined in the attached document.

“Labour is proving to be an effective Opposition party and the regional visits being made by myself and other caucus members to reconnect with the electorate are being warmly welcomed,” Phil Goff said.

“National faces challenging times. All eyes will be on the Government’s upcoming Budget for the first signs of a comprehensive plan to get New Zealand out of the recession.

“Labour will keep the pressure on John Key and his Government to ensure that the concerns of hardworking Kiwis are being taken seriously.

“As I said last year after taking over the leadership, I will be revisiting portfolio allocations in a year’s time,” Phil Goff said.

Labour’s shadow Cabinet and wider portfolio allocations as at May 2009
New responsibilities in BOLD

  1. Phil Goff Leader
  2. Annette King Deputy Leader
    Social Development
  3. David Cunliffe
  4. Ruth Dyson
  5. Parekura Horomia
    Maori Affairs
  6. Clayton Cosgrove
    Law & Order (including Police & Corrections)
    Assoc. Finance
  7. Chris Carter
    Foreign Affairs
    Ethnic Affairs
  8. Maryan Street
    Tertiary Education
    Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
  9. Darren Hughes
    Shadow Leader of the House
    Chief Whip
  10. David Parker
    Shadow Attorney-General
    Electoral Reform

    Assoc. Finance
  11. Shane Jones
    Economic Development
  12. Trevor Mallard
    Rugby World Cup
    America’s Cup
  13. Nanaia Mahuta
    Maori Social Development
  14. Lianne Dalziel
  15. Charles Chauvel
    Climate Change
    Assoc. Commerce
    Assoc. Justice
  16. Pete Hodgson
  17. Winnie Laban
    Pacific Island Affairs
    Assoc. Health (Aged Care)
    Assoc. Economic Development
    Spokesperson Interfaith Dialogue
  18. Moana Mackey
    Research & Development
    Science & Technology
  19. Steve Chadwick
    Junior Whip
    Arts Culture and Heritage
  20. Sue Moroney
    Women’s Affairs
    Education – ECE
  21. Rick Barker
    Veterans Affairs
  22. Ross Robertson
    Small Business
    Senior Citizens
    Assoc. Disarmament & Arms Control
  23. George Hawkins
    Local Government
  24. Damien O’Connor
    Rural Affairs
    Assoc Agriculture
  25. Mita Ririnui
    Assoc. Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
  26. Lynne Pillay
    Disability Issues
    Assoc. Justice - Victims Rights
  27. Ashraf Choudhary
    Food Safety
    Agricultural Science
    Assoc. Ethnic Affairs
    Assoc. Research and Development
  28. Darien Fenton
    Transport Safety
    Assoc. Labour
  29. Su’a William Sio Customs
    Assoc. Pacific Island Affairs
    Assoc. Local Government

2008 intake in alphabetical order:

  1. Jacinda Ardern
    Youth Affairs
    Assoc. Justice – Youth Justice
  2. Carol Beaumont
    Consumer Affairs
    Assoc. Labour
  3. Brendon Burns
    Assoc. Environment – Water Quality
  4. Clare Curran
    Communications & IT
  5. Kelvin Davis
    Assoc Education
    Assoc. Maori Affairs
  6. Chris Hipkins
    Internal Affairs
    Sport and Recreation
    Assoc. Energy
  7. Raymond Huo
    Law Commission
    Assoc. Ethnic Affairs
  8. Iain Lees-Galloway
    Land Information
    Assoc. Defence
    Assoc. Health – Drugs & Alcohol
  9. Stuart Nash
    Assoc. Trade, Assoc. Forestry
  10. Rajen Prasad
    Voluntary & Community Sector
    Assoc. Ethnic Affairs
    Assoc. Social Development – Family & CYF
  11. Grant Robertson
    State Services
    Assoc. Arts, Culture & Heritage
    Assoc. Foreign Affairs
  12. Carmel Sepuloni
    Civil Defence
    Assoc. Tertiary Education
    Assoc. Social Development
  13. Phil Twyford
    Disarmament & Arms Control
    Auckland Issues
    Assoc. Foreign Affairs – Development Assistance