Winners and losers in Cabinet reshuffle

  • Wellington

There were winners and there were losers when the Prime Minister reshuffled his cabinet ministers today.

Five Māori MPs received cabinet positions while both Kate Wilkinson and Phil Heatley were axed.

Māori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says this was a reflection of this Government turfing people out.

Nick Smith is back as Minister of Conservation and Housing.

Hekia Parata will remain as Minister for Education and Pacific Island Affairs, despite her controversial year.

Both Paula Bennett and Tariana Turia are Associate Ministers of Housing . Bennett keeps her Social Development portfolio and Turia is Minister for Whanau Ora and Disabillity issues as well as Associate Minister for Health Housing and Social Development and Tertiary Education.

Pita Sharples remains Minister of Māori Affairs and Associate Minister of Education and Corrections.

Sharples says he supports the new Government while admitting working with them can be a struggle at times, however he says due to his and his colleague Turias hard work as well as the rest of his Party, they have achieved a lot for Māori.

Simon Bridges was lucky enough to pick up three portfolios and is now Minister of Energy and abour as well as scooping up the title as Associate Minister of Tourism.

Labour will announce it’s reshuffle in a couple of weeks and Shane Jones is tipped to be named as an integral part of the Party.There were winners and there were losers when the Prime Minister reshuffled his cabinet ministers today.

Five Māori MPs received cabinet positions while both Kate Wilkinson and Phil Heatley were axed.

Māori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says this was a reflection of this Government turfing people out.

Nick Smith is back as Minister of Conservation and Housing.

Hekia Parata will remain as Minister for Education and Pacific Island Affairs, despite her controversial year.

Both Paula Bennett and Tariana Turia are Associate Ministers of Housing . Bennett keeps her Social Development portfolio and Turia is Minister for Whanau Ora and Disabillity issues as well as Associate Minister for Health Housing and Social Development and Tertiary Education.

Pita Sharples remains Minister of Māori Affairs and Associate Minister of Education and Corrections.

Sharples says he supports the new Government while admitting working with them can be a struggle at times, however he says due to his and his colleague Turias hard work as well as the rest of his Party, they have achieved a lot for Māori.

Simon Bridges was lucky enough to pick up three portfolios and is now Minister of Energy and abour as well as scooping up the title as Associate Minister of Tourism.

Labour will announce it’s reshuffle in a couple of weeks and Shane Jones is tipped to be named as an integral part of the Party.

Reporter: Mihingarangi Forbes.