Labour have announced their new lineup, the first real test of David Shearer’s leadership.
Here is the list. The first nine will be on the front bench, and the caucus rankings only cover the first twenty. Full details here.
- David Shearer. Leader of the Opposition. Security Intelligence Service, Science and Innovation
- Grant Robertson. Deputy Leader of the Opposition. Environment, Tertiary Education, Skills and Training
- David Parker. Finance
- Jacinda Ardern. Social Development
- David Cunliffe. Economic Development, Associate Finance.
- Clayton Cosgrove. SOEs, Commerce, Small Business, Trade Negotiations, Associate Finance
- Shane Jones. Regional Development, Associate Finance, Economic Development (Māori), Fisheries
- Nanaia Mahuta. Education, Associate Māori Affairs (Social)
- Maryan Street. Health, Disarmament and Arms Control, Associate Foreign Affairs
- Su’a William Sio. Employment, Pacific Island Affairs, Inter-Faith Dialogue, Associate Foreign Affairs
- Phil Twyford. Transport, Auckland Issues, Associate Environment
- Trevor Mallard. Shadow Leader of the House, Associate Finance, America’s Cup
- Charles Chauvel. Justice (incl Courts and Corrections), Attorney General, Arts, Culture and Heritage
- Lianne Dalziel. Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Civil Defence and Emergency Management, Earthquake Commission, Consumer Rights and Standards, Associate Justice
- Chris Hipkins. Senior Whip, State Services, Associate Education
- Phil Goff. Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Annette King. Housing, Local Government
- Darien Fenton. Junior Whip, Labour, Immigration
- Damien O’Connor. Primary Industries, Food Safety
- Clare Curran. Communications and Information Technology, Broadcasting, Open Government, Disability Issues
- Ruth Dyson. Conservation, Senior Citizens, Internal Affairs
- Parekura Horomia. Māori Affairs, Treaty Negotiations
- Sue Moroney. Early Childhood Education, Womens Affairs
- Moana Mackey. Energy, Climate Change
- Iain Lees-Galloway. Defence, Transport Safety, Veterans Affairs, Associate Health (Alcohol and Drugs)
- Raymond Huo. Building and Construction, Statistics, Land Information
- Rajen Prasad. Ethnic Affairs, Associate Social Development
- Kris Faafoi. Police, Customs, Associate Health
- Louisa Wall. Sport and Recreation, Community and Voluntary Sector
- David Clark. Revenue, Associate Tertiary Education
- Andrew Little. ACC
- Rino Tirikatene. Tourism
- Megan Woods. Youth Affairs, Associate Science & Innovation
- Ross Robertson. Nominee for Assistant Speaker, Racing, Associate Disarmament (Small Arms)
Aside from Shearer and Robertson, the big winner is Jacinda Ardern, who has made it all the way to number four and now holds the massive social development portfolio.
With Shearer holding Science and Innovation, and Robertson taking Environment, it’s sending a pretty clear signal that Labour are taking David Shearer’s priority of a ‘clean, green, clever’ New Zealand very seriously. I expect it will be a theme that will dominate the next three years.
With Cunliffe at 5 and Mahuta at 8 Shearer is making a very strong attempt to re-unify the caucus. This is very good. He has a team of 34 people and he needs every single one of them working their hardest to get Labour onto the treasury benches in 2014.
These are just some quick initial thoughts, I’ll get some other ideas about the future direction this signals out there in the next few days.
The next test will be the address in reply speech on Wednesday, though given how little time Shearer’s had to prepare for it, I don’t have particularly high expectations. That said, we are starting to see a very promising theme starting to emerge!