Faafoi rises in Labour reshuffle

Andrew little has promoted Mana electorate MP Kris Faafoi in his caucus reshuffle after Clayton Cosgrove announced he would not stand again next year.

Kris Faafoi promoted to Shadow Cabinet

Posted by Andrew Little

Kris Faafoi has been promoted to Labour’s Shadow Cabinet and receives the Tourism portfolio while Clayton Cosgrove takes on a business outreach role – a move prompted by Mr Cosgrove’s decision to not stand at the next election, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.

“Kris Faafoi is a very talented MP whose hard work has earned him a place on the Shadow Cabinet. He is instantly recognisable to many New Zealanders and connects well when he’s on the road – an invaluable skill when working with the tourism industry.

“David Shearer receives Kris’ Consumer Affairs portfolio. David is passionate about this area and has some special projects he is keen to work on.

“Clayton Cosgrove keeps his Commerce, Veterans’ Affairs and Associate Finance portfolios. He takes on a new business outreach role. Clayton has excellent links with business and will lead the push in working with industry. He has stepped out of the Shadow Cabinet to allow new talent to be promoted.

So Cosgrove has stepped down but not out.

 “Labour has a talented line-up with an excellent mix of wise heads and new blood. These minor changes provide new strength,” says Andrew Little.

I guess he has to say that.

While Labour’s ‘Team’ web page has been updated to reflect the new responsibilities the pecking order hasn’t changed, with Cosgrove still at number 18 and Faafoi still at 24.

This reshuffle not only hasn’t warranted a post at The Standard, so far Faafoi’s promotion hasn’t been mentioned in comments either. According to their Search he barely rates a mention ever (twice only so far this year) so the lack of interest is not surprising.

Faafoi was chosen to stand for Labour in the Mana by-election in 2010. He is the the first MP of Tokelauan descent (he grew up in Christchurch).

Faafoi trained as a journalist and worked for the BBC and as a political commentator.

He returned to New Zealand  and was Phil Goff’s chief press secretary when Goff took over Labour’s leadership after Helen Clark resigned. Faafoi was also the Rongotai Pacific branch chair of the Labour Party – that is Annette King’s electorate.

So Faafoi is one of the growing number of MPs who have effectively been internally promoted from within Labour’s political class.

An uncomplimentary cartoon by Emmerson at NZ Herald:

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47 Comments

  1. Pantsdownbrown

     /  20th April 2016

    If a hard-core lefty cartoonist like Emmerson is taking the piss out of you then the left is truly sunk.

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    • Iceberg

       /  20th April 2016

      That dried up skull marooned on the sand, with the horns. Do you think that is a reference to Helen Clark?

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  2. Brown

     /  20th April 2016

    “Kris Faafoi is a very talented MP whose hard work has earned him a place on the Shadow Cabinet …”

    That’s newspeak for we are desperate and who the heck is there who has not made such a dick of themselves that they must be excluded no matter how much we owe them.

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  3. Gezza

     /  20th April 2016

    I don’t really know him. I recall him vaguely as a minor reporter on TVOne a long time back but beyond that he’s had zero visibility in my whare.

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    • Gezza

       /  20th April 2016

      Looking at Faafoi’s background on the Labour Party website he is qualified for … nothing of any real use. The dearth of useful life/work experience in Labour’s parliamentary team is obvious and seriously off-putting for most voters in middle NZ IMO.

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      • Iceberg

         /  20th April 2016

        Jacinda worked part time in a fish n chip shop. That should serve her well when she goes up against Key in parliament as the Labour leader after the 2017 election.

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        • Gezza

           /  20th April 2016

          That Jacinda is even being suggested as a possible Labour leader on the basis of her profile articles in a few women’s magazine articles is a sign of just how much their talent pool has drained. It’s downright embarrassing to hear deluded people seriously proposing her as leader. It’s not an episode of The Bachelor we’re talking about here.

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      • jamie

         /  20th April 2016

        Faafoi is everything that is wrong with today’s Labour Party.

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  4. Zedd

     /  20th April 2016

    Its good to see Little is looking beyond the front bench for new talent. There is still a lot of water to go under the bridge before the election.. who knows what changes may occur ?
    :/ 🙂

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    • Iceberg

       /  20th April 2016

      Playing fast and loose with the word “talent”.

      I’ll help you with the definition, and then you try to attach a name from the Labour caucus to it.

      Talent – a special ability that allows someone to do something well
      – or (bonus point) people who are sexually attractive

      Go!

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      • Blazer

         /  20th April 2016

        and just what ‘talent’ is on the Nats bench…’Gordon’=no!,Gerry ‘Craig’ Brownlee=no!Finlayson,Tolley,Collins,Bridges,Smith…all duds.

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        • Iceberg

           /  20th April 2016

          I feel your pain Blazer. Imagine how bad it’s going to be when those “duds” win again.

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          • Gezza

             /  20th April 2016

            The next set of polls is going to be hugely interesting. Little has embarked on a high risk strategy of going all out to try and damage Key on as many issues as he can find or invent. He’s not talking about what Labour’s going to do for NZ. I expect the end result to be another dive in the polls for him personally and the Labour Party. If that happens I think they’re sunk.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  20th April 2016

              He’s making two mistakes-he’s giving the other fellow free publicity and spending so much time saying what the others are doing wrong that he hasn’t said what his lot would do right. This is so obvious that I can’t believe that he’s being such a fool.

              He also ought not to make accusations that he can’t back up with solid evidence.

            • Gezza

               /  20th April 2016

              Exactly. He should leave that job to Winston. He has more experience.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  20th April 2016

              You are AWFUL ! 😀

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  20th April 2016

          I’m guessing most of those have qualifications that would embarrass you in a comparison. But obviously not enough to instill any respect or courtesy.

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      • Iceberg

         /  20th April 2016

        Not exactly being flooded with names am I? For either definition.

        It’s got so bad that Blazer had to list National politicians.

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  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  20th April 2016

    Labour’s playing musical ministries is not a good look-it looks like desperation. I do hope that Kris Faafoi hasn’t been promoted because he’s Pasifika.

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    • Gezza

       /  20th April 2016

      Clayton’s departure has just necessitated the reallocation of his shadow portfolios and they needed to spread the load. At least the Tourism portfolio is probably a relatively simple job that’ll give him some experience. One minor portfolio doesn’t sound like a massive vote of confidence in his abilities.

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      • Gezza

         /  20th April 2016

        * Clayton’s impending departure …

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  20th April 2016

          It would have been a huge mistake to give him Defence or something like that .

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        • Pickled Possum

           /  20th April 2016

          Gezza … kia ora

          I just read Kris Faafoi wiki page and he has done some work over seas and here that makes him a man of getting things done.. I get a feeling he has what it takes for his Mana electorate. It covers a great area. I do wonder if he is being ,,,,,,,,,,, because he is of Tokeluana descent tho’?
          He made a whole lot of promises when he got elected and I wonder how far long the boxes have been ticked.
          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4370528/Manas-man-Faafoi-straight-into-2011-campaign

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          • Gezza

             /  20th April 2016

            Tena koe Possum

            He’s not making a lot of impact locally from what I can see. There’s not much he can do in Opposition I suppose. Plus, Winnie Laban had tremendous support and mana in Porirua & was a hard act to follow.

            In all seriousness it’s probably good that he’s been given a portfolio, even a minor one, and been admitted to the Labour Inner Sanctum because it gives him a chance to raise his profile and let us see whether he has what it takes to be more than just a token Pasifika member. He’s an unknown quantity with no political experience and it’s not saying much for the confidence Little has in him that he’s been given only this one portfolio.

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          • Gezza

             /  20th April 2016

            PS: Possum
            Ko Unknown te waka – for me my whakapapa starts with my great grandparents. They were all born of earlier immigrants whose arrival date and waka I have not researched and no interest in. I am of Irish and Norwegian descent.
            Ko Taranaki te maunga
            Ko Waiwakaiho te awa

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            • Pickled Possum

               /  20th April 2016

              Geeza … kia ora
              Taranaki …. Peaceful people
              I have a beautiful print from Te Maori exhibit of Huria Matenga in 1863 she earned the title ‘Grace Darling of New Zealand.

              Waiwakaiho is rocky bottom? river, what a nice great place to live.
              I have Swedish Irish Maori blood running thru my veins and what more does one need to be a New Zealander … oh yea English.

              Ko unknown waka 😦

            • Gezza

               /  20th April 2016

              Mauruuru koe mo tou whakaako, (thank you for your teaching) Possum.

              I grew up in an idyllic place for a boy. The ocean (te moana), my river (te awa) for swimming and jumping off a high cliff, a swamp (te hū) were all 5 minutes walk away. And the weather was always good, except when the Southerly blew up from Welly and got an extra chill added by the snow clad maunga on its way North.

            • Gezza

               /  20th April 2016

              My tuakana is quite fluent in te reo. He has an affinity for languages and speaks latin, french, maori, and a smattering of mandarin.

            • Gezza

               /  20th April 2016

              @ Possum. I don’t know the English translation of Waiwakaiho. Breaking it down in Te Aka Dictionary gives me “water+paddler/rower”, and google translate for wai wa kai ho gives me “take your time water”. There are many deep and slow-flowing stretches of this lovely awa that fit the latter description.

              I’ll see if my tuakana can tell me what it means.

            • Pickled Possum

               /  21st April 2016

              @Geeza
              Sometimes a name does not mean the literal translation. But a story told through the name that the Iwi will know …. be interesting to know if you find out from your tuakana, wow all those languages!
              If I was to translate it could be …
              Wai – Water
              Waka – boat, canoe
              Iho – God
              Waiwakaiho
              God and his Boat flows in/on this Water.

            • Gezza

               /  21st April 2016

              @ Possum. This is my awa, where I grew up. Isn’t the picture of this wonderful bridge framing Taranaki/Egmont stunning?

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_Rewa_Rewa_Bridge

            • Pickled Possum

               /  21st April 2016

              Yes most stunning. Looks like Usable practical Art?
              Very surreal looking art to me. Salvador dali and Escher stylz

              ‘ With the ribs yielding to the prevailing wind, the bridge is aligned to Mount Taranaki.
              The sacred mountain is framed within the skewed arch when viewed while leaving the sacred ground – promising what is eternal.’

              The rewa rewa tree grows well in my ngahere with its honey comb grain.
              http://www.timberarts.co.nz/shop/content/13-the-timber-arts-forest
              most stunning wood

              what has this to do with kris faafoi …. hmmmm

            • Gezza

               /  21st April 2016

              Morena Possum. I just bet Kris wishes he had a bridge like that. 🙂

              They have changed the spelling of Waiwakaiho to Waiwhakaiho.
              I may only be Ngati Fitzroy, but I’m a bit offended. Taranaki Maori traditionally never pronounced w as wh (f). Their pronunciation was I think was closer to w.

              That is enough for this thread. I just thought you might visit here to see what my tuakana (older brother) had told me Waiwakaiho means. I haven’t had a reply to my email but I’m betting for a change Google Translate may have got this one right.

              Ka kite

            • Gezza

               /  21st April 2016

              @ Possum. I stand corrected. This my tuakana’s reply:

              “NOW to ANSWER your QUESTION. There are always conflicting, usually speculative and spurious explanations given for Maaori place names / ingoa-aa-tongi. The best sources are of course, elders / kaumaatua or to’hunga / specialists and I am fortunate in having had as my kaumatua kaiw’akaako / elder teacher ‘Uirangi Waikerepuru, prominent academic in both worlds and now a PhD.

              His explanation, when I was in the first full-time Te Reo Maaori Taranaki dialect course at Te Kura Matatini / Taranaki Polytechnic, was that it could be broken down thus.

              Wai of course = water / stream / river.
              Whaka means to cause to or sometimes act or behave as (viz., Whakatane).
              Iho can mean ray e.g., of sun or moonlight. Also string or cord, the latter including umbilical cord.

              So ‘Uirangi’s explanation was : Wai = river, whaka = acting as or being, and iho = umbilical cord. So the name Waiwhakaiho means the river which is the umbilical cord linking the maunga / mountain to the moana / sea.”

          • Pickled Possum

             /  21st April 2016

            @ Gerry toku Bro
            its not over till the fat lady sings, in Te Ao Maori
            All is started with wahine and finish with wahine … eg,
            Karanga – welcome manuhuri wae wae tapu time
            haere ki te kai … call into the Hakari feast that makes all tapu … noa.

            Last comment, where is the ancient waiata to tell meaning of your awa
            it has to be somewhere? A river that old and still beautiful has an old name a name that has the meaning of a load of words..
            I am going to look myself no need for reply 🙂
            TY Gerry for the korero.

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            • Gezza

               /  21st April 2016

              @ toku tauahine Possum. Perhaps others won’t mind our korero continuing here. It’s no longer a current topic.

              The Waiwhakaiho waiata (toku tuakana says I must now include the ‘h’ in the middle, though it’s not pronounced as f) will be known to te Ngāti Tawhirikura hapū, who are the tangata whenu for this rohe.

              Aroha ki a koe
              (correct me when I’m wrong please)

            • Gezza

               /  21st April 2016

              * tuahine (fat fingers)

            • Pickled Possum

               /  21st April 2016

              @ Gezza bro

              The more I look at things on your place of living – standing 🙂 – well mother says “If you want to know the meaning of the stories go and sit at the feet of the story teller at the marae” So tell then.
              I have a wee bit of trouble? say in wh and not w just one letter can change everything so I leave this take of the name that was given in the begining to Waiwakaiho Waiwhakaiho and move on.
              No disrescpect to your tuakana he can tell you what to know but me that is a different saga all together 🙂

              Ma Te wa
              See you later.

            • Gezza

               /  21st April 2016

              Ae. Kia pai, tuahine.
              Ka kite.

            • Gezza

               /  21st April 2016

              @ Possum

              For when you return … look what I found …

              http://www.intercreate.org/waiwhakaiho-documentary/

              Toku awa ataahua ❤

            • Pickled Possum

               /  21st April 2016

              @ Geeza e bro
              Fascinating doco … Te Ataahua te Awa!
              it seems the change of name came from the change of name people hehe forgot what ya call them but that is another day story for me.

              I have got to say Geeza since the de-fusing of my hard drive of … well you know…. I have had real trouble putting the words and meanings and definitions etc into some defragmented order.

              With all the freedom of korero here and the with the exercising of my mind in this safe place called YnZ things are starting to fall into place and as I do not want a tsunami of info to cause a flood, I choose my place to comment here, The standard of self moderating korero here even from you know who?? is learning and understanding for me.

              Thank you for your korero you have given me another and final reason to forgive Taranaki re Volker Kereopa Mokomoko thousands of Whakatohea whenua confiscated saga; the blame was now I see not the whole of the tribe but to the one angry man with murder in his heart Kereopa who caused so much maimi for us.
              Why I didn’t see that? was my eyes were to focused of the hurt that was caused. But now go forward and like Al says Go well!

              Any way I am now knowing of the real reason the people of Taranaki are peaceful its because of the peaceful running rivers.
              ma te wa

            • Gezza

               /  21st April 2016

              Ae. Kite a koe i mua ano, e hoa.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  20th April 2016

      Funny they don’t show the data the comments are based on. Makes me suspicious it shows things they don’t want to notice.

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      • patupaiarehe

         /  20th April 2016

        I noticed that too Alan. I am very interested in who the 10 ‘career politicians’ are….. 😀

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