Ardern tweaks Labour portfolios

Jacinda Ardern has tweaked the responsibilities of the Labour caucus – this close to an election major changes would have been pointless and disruptive, so minor changes make sense.

Labour Caucus portfolios reallocated

Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern has announced a minor reallocation of Labour spokesperson portfolios.

The new responsibilities are:

  • Jacinda Ardern: Security and Intelligence, retains Children, Arts Culture and Heritage
  • Andrew Little: Justice, Small Business, ACC, retains New Economy
  • Grant Robertson: Assoc. Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Carmel Sepuloni: Assoc. Children
  • Adrian Rurawhe: Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
  • Nanaia Mahuta: Assoc. Māori Development

All other existing portfolio responsibilities remain the same.

It’s standard for the Leader of the Opposition to be responsible for Security and Intelligence. And being a lawyer Little is a logical Justice spokesperson.

The pecking order has also just been rearranged slightly. I think Andrew Little has been slotting in where Kelvin Davis had been.

They party list will need to be changed with Ardern elevated obviously, and Davis added (all Maori electorate MPs opted out of the list).

Here is the current order as per the Labour website, with their list position in brackets:

  1. Jacinda Ardern (2)
  2. Kelvin Davis (Maori)
  3. Grant Robertson (3)
  4. Phil Twyford (4)
  5. Megan Woods (5)
  6. Chris Hipkins (6)
  7. Andrew Little (1)
  8. Carmel Sepuloni (7)
  9. David Clark (8)
  10. David Parker (9)
  11. Nanaia Mahuta (Maori)
  12. Stuart Nash (10)
  13. Meka Whatiri (Maori)
  14. Ian Lees-Galloway (13)
  15. Aupito Su’a William Sio (15)
  16. Sue Moroney (retiring)
  17. Damien O’Connor (17)
  18. Kris Faafoi (19)
  19. Jenny Salesa (18)
  20. Peeni Henare (Maori)
  21. Clare Curran (22)
  22. Adrian Rurawhe (Maori)
  23. Annette King (retiring)
  24. Trevor Mallard (32)
  25. Ruth Dyson (23)
  26. Rino Tirikatene (Maori)
  27. Poto Williams (24)
  28. Lousia Wall (25)
  29. Clayton Cosgrove (retiring)
  30. Michael Wood (26)
  31. Raymond Huo (12)

On current polling the top 12 or so might make it into a Cabinet if Labour form a coalition and allocations are proportional. Just 4 of the top 12 are female, and 7 of the top 20.

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22 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  August 4, 2017

    Andrew Little: Justice, Small Business, ACC, retains New Economy

    Small Business? His Achilles Heel. He’ll get to understand an important demographic he misunderstood completely when he was bungling the Leader’s job. This girl’s definitely not stupid. 👍🏼

    Reply
  2. Ray

     /  August 4, 2017

    How do you get a small business?
    Inherit a big one!

    Reply
  3. NOEL

     /  August 4, 2017

    Nearly chocked on my porridge.
    Misread “tweaked” for “tweeted”.

    Reply
  4. Gezza

     /  August 4, 2017

    Tuakana says Jacinda’s new slogan 12.30?

    Reply
    • Gezza

       /  August 4, 2017

      Let’s do this ?? 😖

      Missed Opportunities:

      Let’s do them
      Giv us a go
      Better Guvermint
      Try us, you’ll like us
      Wot me worry?

      Anybody?

      Reply
  5. Gezza

     /  August 4, 2017

    Actually if you google this slogan it seem to be rather popular internationally already 😕

    Reply
  6. MaureenW

     /  August 4, 2017

    Had to laugh, I heard a media commentator say on the radio that again, the Labour Slogan “Let’s Do This” is about the Labour Party, rather than anything to do with voters or New Zealand. Labour has been navel-gazing for so long I think they’ve forgotten that their purpose is to represent New Zealanders, rather than patting themselves on the back because they’ve finally gotten a day or two of positive media coverage.

    Reply
    • Gezza

       /  August 4, 2017

      Smarmy Steveo Pretty Legal Joyce just said that on 1ewes at 6 on Plus One!

      Reply
      • MaureenW

         /  August 4, 2017

        Well he is right – I made the same comment about Labour’s introspection here the day Andy jumped / was pushed.

        Reply
        • Gezza

           /  August 4, 2017

          They should’ve bloody rung me beforehand, Maureen!
          Because I’m now seeing a subliminal messaging problem with this!

          Reply
          • Gezza

             /  August 4, 2017

            God! Have I gotta think of everything for them !??
            They’re not even paying me !

            Reply
            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  August 4, 2017

              You are too evil for them, Sir Gerald.

            • Gezza

               /  August 4, 2017

              Nah bro they mite be too dum for him!
              Thats dum as.
              Dum as … um … you no wot!

            • Gezza

               /  August 4, 2017

              Sorry about that Sir Alan.
              He’s very young.
              Does even know who his Dad is.
              Sir Gerald.

            • Gezza

               /  August 4, 2017

              Bugger, Sir Alan.
              * doesn’t

              Sir Gerald.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  August 4, 2017

              I’ve never appreciated a comma so much, Sir Gerald. As for Puke, he’s probably right too.

          • MaureenW

             /  August 4, 2017

            Mmmmm, I think I know what you’re thinking

            Reply
            • Gezza

               /  August 4, 2017

              I don’t who’s handling their Comms/PR – maybe they’d had the sense to pull that overwhelming angry red back to highlighting only – but this slogan is just daft.

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