Quiet Labour reshuffle

Andrew Little has have reshuffled his caucus’s speaking roles after David Shearer’s resignation and Annette King’s stepping down as deputy.

It seems that Jacinda Ardern’s elevation to deputy has not been matched with an elevation in speaking roles. She has been spokesperson for Justice, Arts, Culture and Heritage, Children, and Small Business Associate Spokesperson for Auckland Issues, none of which are heavy hitting roles.

Dunedin MP David Clark has been given King’s Health portfolio. Clark has been an MP since 2011 and was quickly rated as a good future prospect, but has not been prominent for some time. Health will be a step up and a big test for him.

According to NZ Herald Megan Woods has been bumped up from 10 to 5 in the pecking order.

Ardern has retained all her portfolios, including Children, Arts, Small Business and Justice.

She will also pick up the extra duties of deputy, although Little said she would not fill the usual mould of deputy and would instead help him campaign.

That starts immediately – Ardern will accompany Little on a series of public meetings this week, including in Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, and Auckland.

They are keeping these changes low key, with one Tweet but I can’t see anything yet on Labour’s or Little’s Facebook pages and the Labour website still lists King as deputy.

And their website home page does not list the reshuffle under ‘Latest’ nor under ‘Latest Headlines’. I had to hunt for information.

David Clark takes over health role

Dunedin North MP David Clark succeeds Annette King as Health Spokesperson as part of a minor reallocation of portfolios announced today by Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“David has been Associate Spokesperson for some time and has worked closely with Annette in this important portfolio so I’m very confident he will do well in this role.

“A Labour Government will reverse National’s health cuts and David’s skills and experience will be invaluable in communicating to the electorate how Labour will fix the health system.

“Stuart Nash takes over David’s Economic Development (including Regional Development) portfolio and David Parker picks up his Trade and Export Growth role.

“Megan Woods has been a strong performer in her Climate Change and Canterbury Issues roles and picks up Stuart’s Energy, Innovation and Science, Research and Development portfolios.”

Among other changes:

  • Peeni Henare gains State Owned Enterprises
  • Raymond Huo, who is expected to join the Labour caucus next week, takes over the Land Information Role
  • Adrian Rurawhe moves into the Shadow Cabinet
  • Annette King takes over State Services

“This completes changes triggered by Michael Wood’s election as Mt Roskill MP. Earlier this year Kris Faafoi was elected Senior Whip and Adrian Rurawhe, Caucus Secretary.

“The team I lead into this year’s election is strong and determined. We will be working hard to show New Zealanders that there is a better way that provides fairness and opportunity for all,” says Andrew Little.

Herald:

Raymond Huo is set to return to Parliament soon to replace Ardern on the list and will do the Land Information portfolio.

That gives him some work in the area of foreign buyers – Land Information includes the Overseas Investment Office, as well as data collected on foreign buyers by the Government.

Is this an attempt to dampen down the fallout from their controversial ‘Chinese sounding names’ debacle?

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31 Comments

  1. David

     /  March 8, 2017

    Huo as land information is too funny, brought on to help expand the Chinese sounding names database perhaps. Anyway good on Labour for drawing attention to their outrageous and completely and totally incorrect xenophobic hate filled data set.

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    • Blazer

       /  March 8, 2017

      History will prove that the % of non resident Chinese buying properties is at least 40%,and mainly with ‘dirty’ money.Chinese in Auckland readily acknowledge this themselves.The Govt,R.E Coys,Media,developers,speculators,banks,insurance ,building supply industry all love it and its convenient to pretend it ain’t happening.John Key is to blame,turning NZ into a tax haven and not acting to stymie the ponzi.

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      • PDB

         /  March 8, 2017

        “History will prove” – so basically you have no facts to back your theory now………

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        • Blazer

           /  March 8, 2017

          Any honest RE agent in Auckland will tell you.

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          • PDB

             /  March 8, 2017

            I think that’s your error – there is no such thing as an ‘honest RE agent’……

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            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              so you have just defamed an entire industry.

            • Missy

               /  March 8, 2017

              As opposed to you Blazer who defamed a whole race. 😕

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              @Missy,truth is not defamation,honestly held opinion based on a large volume of anecdotal evidence is what I am relying on.Quite bizarre that people pretend it is some outrageous position,says alot really about integrity.The govt has twisted,ducked and dived on this issue,filtering data to suit their narrative.Totally irresponsible and I’m sure they don’t even believe it.

            • Missy

               /  March 8, 2017

              Blazer, you provided some statistics, where did you derive these statistics from? I may believe it is truth if you have some statistics to show it is truth, rather than some figure you have pulled out of your a**e, also can you prove it is ‘dirty’ money?

              Also, what is this anecdotal evidence based on? What someone looks like or their surname?

              I have a cousin who looks Chinese (here mother is Singaporean), if she rocked up to an auction and didn’t speak someone could suggest she was a ‘Chinese non-resident buying a house with dirty money’ based on how she looks, this gets repeated and then becomes anecdotal evidence of Chinese buying property with ‘dirty’ money. My cousin was born and brought up in NZ, her father is a 4th Generation NZer, that makes her 5th Generation NZer, but to some bigots she looks Chinese, so therefore must be.

              I went to university with a guy who had a Chinese surname, he was 4th Generation NZer, if his name was on a list of people who bought a house he would no doubt be labelled as being a ‘Chinese non-resident buy-in property with ‘dirty’ money’. He is as kiwi as me, and in some cases more Kiwi than those that would accuse him of being another Chinese person buying a house in NZ, no doubt with ‘dirty’ money.

              Unless you have hard evidence to back up your claims I call BS on the 40% figure, and on your assertions. Remember, some Chinese families have been in NZ longer than some European families. It is bigoted to call them out because of how they look, or what their surname looks like when written down.

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              @Missy…the govts line is ‘we do not have the data’…….(and have no intention of trying to get it).Tell me ,do you think there are no honest R.E agents in Auckland?If by chance you know any,just ask them about auction attendances ,cash buyers….my summation is in no doubt.Of course if my 40% was in fact only 39% you could call it b/s.BTW the govt maintains the figure is 3%….the hard data for that is?????

            • PDB

               /  March 8, 2017

              You have zero evidence of anywhere near 40% Blazer (just making sht up) and the 3% is based on actual house sale figures……..now I wonder who we should believe…….

              Also didn’t you complain about Bill English using ‘anecdotal evidence’ in saying the unemployed were regularly failing, or not turning up for workplace drug tests? Hypocrite much?

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              where did I critique English re his comments on anecdotal evidence.And feel free to cite the data re 3% the govt relies on.

            • Missy

               /  March 8, 2017

              As PDB says, the official figure is 3%, there is a big difference between 40% and 3% Blazer, where did you get your 40% figure from? You still haven’t answered.

              I think like any profession there are some dishonest RE agents and some less than dishonest ones – what has that to do with anything?

              Auction attendances are not hard data, unless they have taken (and published), names, place of residence etc. As I gave in my example above, my cousin looks Chinese, her mother still speaks with a strong Chinese accent (despite having been in NZ for over 40 years), what other data are they taking? Are they surveying all attendees at auctions, or just looking at the faces and thinking they look Chinese so therefore they must be non-resident with dirty money?

              What do you mean by Cash buyers? That they don’t have a mortgage, or that they turn up with a suitcase full of actual cash? And what exactly are you saying this is evidence of? Please do provide a bit more evidence than this, which is nothing.

              However Blazer, I might take you on your word assuming you will NEVER question anyone else’s anecdotal evidence again, after all, based on these posts, according to you anecdotal evidence is quite sufficient now to make generalisations over a whole race of people.

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              so lets see the concrete evidence for 3%…missy…anyone….

            • PDB

               /  March 8, 2017

              The Blazer technique of debating…….

            • Missy

               /  March 8, 2017

              you are right Blazer – 3% for Chinese non-resident buyers was off.

              The only official figures I could find show that 3% of non-resident property sales in NZ were 3%, of which only about 33% were Chinese, so that makes it approximately 1% of non-resident buyers being Chinese.

              http://www.interest.co.nz/property/84653/data-non-resident-purchases-shows-3-property-buyers-non-residents-tax-purposes-no-way

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              so you can believe its 1% ,you and PDB would be the only ones…btw you left out the most important bit re 97%…..’The percentage of property buyers who said they were non-residents for tax purposes was unchanged at 3% in the September quarter, but Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) said it still could not say what proportion of the other 97% were not permanent residents because they held a temporary work or student visas.’

            • PDB

               /  March 8, 2017

              So it’s 1% Blazer………..now your turn, hard evidence of 40% Chinese buyers then? thought not……..

            • Missy

               /  March 8, 2017

              Moving the goalposts Blazer? you said non-resident, you do not have to be a permanent resident to be a resident Blazer.

              Take me for example, I am a resident in the UK, but I am not a permanent resident (i.e.: have indefinite leave to remain), does that make me a non-resident if I buy a house?

              You have essentially started an argument based on one set of circumstances (non-resident) and changed it (to not being a permanent resident) because the facts don’t fit your narrative.

  2. David

     /  March 8, 2017

    So if Ardern is so absolutely amazing and talented why wouldnt you give her a weighty portfolio to get her in the news cycle more often with her insightful commentary gained from her life experience. Nope not even her colleagues rate her much more than a winning smile.

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    • She is going on the campaign road with Little apparently. Plus I presume establishing herself in her new electorate.

      Such are the demands of Labour’s most promising MP.

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      • David

         /  March 8, 2017

        Her electorate didnt have too much enthusiasm to bother to get out to vote for her and I think its reciprocated with her now traipsing off round the country as angry andys foil.

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      • Blazer

         /  March 8, 2017

        so who is Nationals ‘most promising’ M.P….what are the criteria and who decides?

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  3. pdm

     /  March 8, 2017

    The way I interpret it Ardern is going to be full time campaigning as the only PRETTY FACE in Labour. If that is the case look to her to rocket past Angry Andy in preferred PM rankings.

    When that happens all hell is likely to break out.

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    • David

       /  March 8, 2017

      I know what you mean but I struggle with her credibility to be a leader of the Labour party, you do get people who come from nowhere to lead parties but they usually have a pretty substantial private sector leadership positions first.

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    • Missy

       /  March 8, 2017

      pd. you have that all wrong, Ardern is not there as the ‘pretty face’, remember the left are the progressive, inclusive, caring side in politics. They aren’t the racist, sexist, misogynists of the right, there is no way they would promote a young pretty woman, then take her campaigning, just to try and boost the vote, just as they wouldn’t suggest introducing a quota because they don’t believe women can make it on their own and need a helping hand.

      Seriously though, Labour are incredibly patronising towards women these days. This says a lot, “Little said she would not fill the usual mould of deputy and would instead help him campaign.” Little doesn’t see her as a competent MP, but rather as a popular young woman to follow behind him and help him campaign. I bet he gets her to fetch his coffee as well. Patronising, Labour in recent years has turned me off – especially as a woman.

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      • PDB

         /  March 8, 2017

        Yes, a deputy not doing the hard graft a deputy does but instead she becomes a ‘pretty face’ on the Andrew Little election roadshow. Annette King apparently was not up to that particular job……..

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        • Nelly Smickers

           /  March 8, 2017

          A few of the guys at the gun-club thought *Robbo* was a bit of alright.

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        • Blazer

           /  March 8, 2017

          speaking of Little and ‘pretty faces’….hows the Hagaman case…going?

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          • PDB

             /  March 8, 2017

            Haven’t heard……how does Jacinda work closely with Andy when Andy reckons her dad is involved in corruption?

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