Change of cabinet following the resignation of Kris Faafoi and Mallard


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has changed the composition of her cabinet following senior minister Kris Faafoi’s decision to resign from parliament and the appointment of president Trevor Mallard to a European diplomatic post. The changes will come into effect following a ceremony at Government House on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 14.

“These changes are triggered by two departures. It is also an opportunity to give more responsibility to new ministers and to integrate new members into the team,” said Jacinda Ardern.

“Minister Kris Faafoi has decided to leave Parliament to spend more time with his family as his son starts school.

“Kris crossed the list in the last election and I am grateful for the important work he has undertaken this term to reset our immigration and public broadcasting settings. With it comes love and thanks from his colleagues for his contribution over many years.

“Trevor Mallard has been an MP for 35 years and has held thirteen different ministerial portfolios during his career, including education, labor and the Rugby World Cup. He was president for five years and is currently the father of bedroom.

“After the 2020 election, Trevor told me he wanted to step down as President in this term to give someone else the opportunity and take on new challenges himself. He has worked working closely with Adrian to this end, stepping down in mid-August and taking up a position in Europe from early 2023.

“Trevor will be the third of our last five presidents to represent New Zealand overseas in a diplomatic post.

“Dan Rosewarne and Soraya Peke-Mason will replace Kris and Trevor on the Labor list.

“Priyanca Radhakrishnan joins Cabinet, retaining all of her current portfolios and adds Associate Workplace Relations and Safety with a focus on migrant exploitation. Since becoming a Minister outside Cabinet in 2020, she has overseen the creation of a new Ministry of Ethnic Communities and worked on complex issues such as foreign interference and social cohesion.

“Kieran McAnulty becomes a Minister outside Cabinet with a particular focus on regional issues. He will be Minister for Emergency Management and will have an Associate Transport Delegation on Regional Transport and an Associate Delegation for Local Governments. He will also assume the Racing portfolio and use his former whipping skills as deputy House leader. Duncan Webb replaces Kieran as chief whip.

“I have also taken the decision to remove Poto Williams from the police portfolio. We both share the view that at this time it is essential that we focus on supporting the police, implementing our record frontline investment, passing our new gun law reforms and developing additional measures to address the current escalation in gang tensions and violence .

“She takes up conservation and disability issues, where there is a significant work program following the creation of a new ministry. Poto has a background in the community sector and was also a member of the Parliamentary Alliance for people with disabilities and will be well suited for this new role.

“I would like to thank Carmel Sepuloni for her work in establishing the Disability Ministry. Having done a tremendous amount of mahi, she will now play a leading role alongside Minister Robertson in the development of the Social Insurance Scheme – a important work.

“Chris Hipkins takes over as Minister of Police. He has a degree in criminology and has a long-standing interest in youth justice work, which ties in with his education work. With the Minister of Social Development and Employment, he will co-lead a departmental youth justice team to focus on the drivers of the spike we have seen recently in some areas of juvenile delinquency.

“To free him up for this area of ​​governmental interest, a significant part of his education portfolio will be transferred to Jan Tinetti, who has played an excellent role as an associate teacher, where she brings decades of experience as a as a teacher and school principal.

“Dr. Ayesha Verrall has been instrumental in our ongoing management of COVID-19 this quarter. Now is the time for her to transition from emergency to ongoing response to support the COVID-19 response portfolio. It also covers Research, Science and Innovation.

“I am promoting Kiri Allan to the Justice portfolio and she is also landing a finance associate role. Kiri is a very capable minister with a great future and this portfolio allocation is a sign of my confidence in her.

“Michael Wood handles immigration, which aligns with his workplace relations portfolio and our skills focus.

“Meka Whaitiri has done a great job in customs. Her work in the mainstream means the food safety portfolio is a good choice, so she’s taking on that role. And Willie Jackson takes over broadcasting, which he comes to with a in-depth knowledge of the industry,” Jacinda says Arden.

(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)


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