Bridges shuffles National deck

With Bill English and Steven Joyce gone or going soon, and Simon Bridges now leading the national party, the Opposition  responsibilities and rankings have been announced.

New lineup (with movement from last ranking in brackets).

  1. Hon Simon Bridges (+4), Leader, National Security and Intelligence
  2. Hon Paula Bennett (-), Deputy Leader, Social Investment and Social Services,Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Women
  3. Hon Amy Adams (+3), Finance
  4. Hon Judith Collins (+5), Housing and Urban Development, Planning (RMA Reform)
  5. Hon Todd McClay (+8), Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tourism
  6. Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman (+1), Health, Sport and Recreation
  7. Hon Mark Mitchell (+14), Justice, Defence, Disarmament
  8. Jami-Lee Ross (+19),  Infrastructure, Transport
  9. Hon Paul Goldsmith (+5), Economic and Regional Development, Revenue,Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage
  10. Hon Nikki Kaye (+2), Education
  11. Hon Gerry Brownlee (-7), Shadow Leader of the House, GCSB, NZSIS,America’s Cup
  12. Hon Nathan Guy (-1),  Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety
  13. Hon Michael Woodhouse (-3),  Immigration, Workplace Relations and Safety, Deputy Shadow Leader of the House
  14. Hon Louise Upston (+1),  Social Development
  15. Hon Alfred Ngaro (+5), Children,Community and Voluntary Sector, Pacific Peoples
  16. Hon Christopher Finlayson QC (-8),  Shadow Attorney-General, Crown-Māori Relations, Pike River Re-entry
  17. Hon Scott Simpson (+9), Environment
  18. Hon Jacqui Dean (+5), Local Government, Small Business
  19. Melissa Lee (+12), Broadcasting, Communications and Digital, Media, Ethnic Communities
  20. Sarah Dowie (+19), Conservation
  21. Hon Anne Tolley (-5), Deputy Speaker
  22. Rt Hon David Carter (-5), State Owned Enterprises
  23. Hon David Bennett (+1), Corrections, Land Information, Associate Infrastructure
  24. Jonathan Young (+8),  Energy and Resources, Regional Development (North Island)
  25. Hon Maggie Barry ONZM (-6), Seniors, Veterans,  Associate Health
  26. Hon Dr Nick Smith (-8),  State Services (including Open Government), Electoral Law Reform
  27. Barbara Kuriger (+1), Nominee for Senior Whip
  28. Matt Doocey (+1), Mental Health, Nominee for Junior Whip
  29. Simon O’Connor (+5),  Customs, Associate Housing (Social), Associate Social Development
  30. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (-), Internal Affairs, Associate Justice
  31. Hon Tim Macindoe (-6), ACC, Associate Foreign Affairs and Trade
  32. Brett Hudson (+8),  Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Government Digital Services, Associate Transport
  33. Stuart Smith (+13), Earthquake Commission, Civil Defence, Viticulture
  34. Todd Muller (+8), Climate Change
  35. Dr Jian Yang (+1), Statistics, Associate Ethnic Communities
  36. Dr Parmjeet Parmar (+7),  Research, Science and Innovation, Associate Economic Development
  37. Nuk Korako (+4),  Māori Development, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
  38. Chris Bishop (-), Police, Youth
  39. Ian McKelvie (-5), Fisheries, Racing
  40. Hon Nicky Wagner (-18), Arts, Culture and Heritage, Greater Christchurch Regeneration
  41. Andrew Bayly (+4), Building and Construction, Associate Finance
  42. Dr Shane Reti (+2), Data and Cybersecurity, Disability Issues, Associate Health
  43. Alastair Scott (+2), Forestry, Associate Finance
  44. Jo Hayes (-11),  Whānau Ora, Māori Education
  45. Simeon Brown, Associate Education
  46. Andrew Falloon, Regional Development (South Island)
  47. Harete Hipango, Māori Tourism
  48. Matt King, Rural Communities
  49. Denise Lee, Local Government (Auckland)
  50. Chris Penk, Courts
  51. Erica Stanford, Associate Environment
  52. Tim Van de Molen, Nominee for Third Whip
  53. Hamish Walker, Associate Agriculture
  54. Lawrence Yule, Horticulture
  55. Maureen Pugh, Associate Children
  56. Nicola Willis, Early Childhood Education

Judith Collins has been promoted to #4, meaning 3 of the top four MPs are female.

Alphabetical (apart from the two leaders):

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27 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 11, 2018

    Probably not a lot of surprises there. A nice battery of women lined up against Saint Jacinda. Should be an opportunity for some prize bitchiness given the number of female political journalists as well.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 11, 2018

      Meow.

      I saw Meghan Markle supposedly showing a young girl how to break gender stereotypes. What rubbish. Who on earth does MM think that she is, and how does she think that women managed before she deigned to come along to help us ?

      • Traveller

         /  March 12, 2018

        Have to agree. A woman gives up her career to marry a Prince? Spare me

        • Blazer

           /  March 12, 2018

          and they lived…happily..ever..after…a woman’s dream,come true.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 12, 2018

            I find it infuriating when women seem to think that other women and girls can do nothing without being coddled, guided and ‘encouraged’.

            My grandmother was a university lecturer in appled sciences and related things, one sister was a doctor, one a racing car driver who drove and won at Brand’s Hatch and the other big one – she went to own her own garage, went to Canada, became an executive with GM and won every major car rally in Canada – another sister was an HOD in the English Civil Service and so on. Nobody held their hands and ‘encouraged’ or ’empowered’ them. they just did what they wanted to do. Nor were they unique at that time in achieving these things (except possibly Grandma lecturing in her field), contrary to what some people now seem to imagine.

            Can you see MM lasting as a member of the Royal Family ? I can’t.

            • Gezza

               /  March 12, 2018

              Can you see MM lasting as a member of the Royal Family ? I can’t.
              Pre-nup still being negotiated by their lawyers I reckon.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 12, 2018

              She’s a bit NQOCD. (not quite our class, darling) and I do NOT mean because she is half-black. The cultural thing is likely to be the real obstacle.

            • Gezza

               /  March 12, 2018

              Commoners cause problems. Simpson. Mark Phillips. Diana. Fergie. Helmets-on time.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 12, 2018

              Lady Diana’s family is more aristocratic than the Windsors. Poor Sarah Ferguson, she was cruelly and viciously treated by the UK press who ganged up like jealous school bullies. They called her the most cruel names, took deliberately unflattering photos, mocked her dress sense and appearance….

              I can’t see an opinionated American being another Duchess of Cambridge. She hasn’t the background and her family is likely to be a total embarrassment.

  2. Strong For Life

     /  March 11, 2018

    Phil Twyford (Labour, Housing) will have to sharpen his act now that Judith Collins is opposition Housing spokesperson. She will be a formidable opponent for Mr Twyford who has not been impressive.

    • Corky

       /  March 11, 2018

      It will be like shooting fish in a barrel for Judith. She can’t miss. Unfortunately neither can Phil.

  3. lurcher1948

     /  March 11, 2018

    Posted elsewhere, but being bright on the opposition benches is soul destroying 3 YEARS with national and farrar being nothing, lets get popcorn and beer in,they will start off all fired up and LABOUR WILL PISS ON THEIR PARADE, drag questions out, say what national did,is the same,going to be a laugh

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 11, 2018

      Nothing to do with this, Lurch, but YNZ is not letting me reply on some posts.

      My new young dogfriend Misfit has really velvety ears, big ones. He may grow into them as he has huge feet. His mother and I were passing remarks upon his appearance (big feet, skinny tail, big flappy ears) as if Misfit wasn’t there. The little sod ate the nice wooden sign that I painted for his adopted big brother, Spot, and I hope he had splinters in his bum when it came out.

    • Corky

       /  March 11, 2018

      Any chance of translating that into Swahili so I can understand you, Lurchy?

  4. Zedd

     /  March 11, 2018

    deckchairs on the Titanic ?! 😀

    • PDB

       /  March 11, 2018

      What are National doing on the good ship Labour/Greens/NZL First? Is the big tax iceberg being floated their undoing?

      • Zedd

         /  March 12, 2018

        NO.. I mean the ‘good ship’; Natl party.. that is still sinking under its own steam/hot air !

  5. Blazer

     /  March 11, 2018

    Todd McClay is promising.Mitchell out of his…depth.

    • David

       /  March 11, 2018

      Looking forward to see if Mitchell lives up to expectations, he seems a bit low energy despite the pretty amazing CV.

  6. David

     /  March 11, 2018

    I am impressed that he has set the task of actually developing policy in preperation for getting back into government rather than Labour who literally have no policy and nothing to do in parliament aside from enacting Nationals policies.

    • Blazer

       /  March 11, 2018

      tut tut..as you and Bill English know…National never really had any ..policies.

      • Traveller

         /  March 12, 2018

        Can we ever expect examples of the hyperbolic one-liners that rock your boat?

        Truth is – lightweight crew on left plus Peters are putting nothing else forward in The House than National formulated policy and strangely filibustering as they do so. Quite unique. 9 years to formulate and plan, yet nothing new

        • Blazer

           /  March 12, 2018

          Bill English after the 2014 election…’what are your policies for the next 3 years’…um…there is no..silver bullet’!At least now we’re on our way to ‘a brighter future’…I think with this coalition we may be ‘on the cusp of something…special’.

  7. Corky

     /  March 11, 2018

    Melissa Lee should be higher on the list. Her honesty about ”bypassing South Auckland” should be cherished as true party principles.

  8. Gezza

     /  March 11, 2018

    That’s a reasonably good looking lineup. Will be interesting to see if we ever get to hear from any of them in the msm. I still think their No 2’s a liability, not an asset.