The Labour Party Cabinet reshuffle has been announced, and the axe has fallen on Nanaia Mahuta. She has been stripped of her Māori Affairs spokesperson role, which has now gone to Kelvin Davis.
According to Party Leader Andrew Little, “This was an opportunity to bring forward some of the newer and fresher talent, and there wasn't a place for everybody.”
Nanaia Mahuta has been in politics for 19 years. She is the most experienced Māori seat MP in Parliament, and her Hauraki-Waikato electorate gained the biggest majority of all the Māori seats in the last election.
She also went for the Labour leadership.
Despite Mahuta’s impressive resume, Kelvin Davis has been very impressive in the past 12 months. He arranged a hīkoi against domestic violence, was a strong voice opposing Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and SERCO, and in the past few weeks, has been advocating for the New Zealand detainees on Christmas Island.
Another big rise from today's announcement was Peeni Henare and Meka Whaitiri being added to the Shadow Cabinet. It is a first for both, and an especially quick rise for Henare, given he has only been in Parliament a little over a year.
More on this report later on Te Kāea at 5:30pm.