Labour cabinet – the who, not the what

Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern named her Labour cabinet colleagues

Prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern's cabinet will have 28 members and she will take on the security and intelligence portfolio.

She also intends to hold a portfolio involving children as well as possibly arts, culture and heritage as well.

Ms Ardern said 16 members of the cabinet were elected by the Labour caucus: Jacinda Ardern, David Clark, Clare Curran, Kelvin Davis, Chris Hipkins, Iain Lees-Galloway, Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, Stuart Nash, Damien O’Connor, David Parker, Grant Robertson, Jenny Salesa, Carmel Sepuloni, Phil Twyford and Megan Woods

She says Labour will have five ministers outside of cabinet (appointed by the leader): Kris Faafoi, Peeni Henare, Willie Jackson, Aupito William Sio and Meka Whaitiri.

That leaves four NZ First cabinet members yet to be named and three Green Party ministers outside of cabinet yet to be named.

Ms Ardern would not reveal who is getting which portfolio, saying only that would be revealed next week.

But she did confirm she would take on the security and intelligence portfolio.

Ms Ardern says she will be taking the time over the weekend to allocate portfolios.

“That will include working through with NZ First the final allocation of portfolios for their ministers inside the cabinet.”

The Greens have already had a discussion and a process that has been signed off over the allocation of their members, she says.

But Ms Ardern will not reveal that allocation until next week, when she announces the rest of the portfolios and who has received them.

Asked if she will be splitting any roles, for example making a separate minister for forestry instead of it being under MPI, she says that is something she will be giving “some consideration to.”

“There is, of course, an extraordinary amount of interest in beefing up the amount of work we do in the forestry portfolio. Labour has a position that we would locate the forestry service in Rotorua, so those are some elements of the portfolios that I need to work through.”

She says this was not done to woo NZ First and has always been a Labour party policy.

Ms Ardern says she received a congratulatory phone call from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning and is expecting to speak to UK Prime Minister Theresa May tonight.


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Oh god help us all...

She has no real world experience, she is a product of the labor echo-chamber.

Labor got votes by dividing the nation - focusing on income inequality, home ownership and immigration. A party that wins by dividing the nation is not going to unite it. I can see similarities between the way they ran their campaign and that of trump :(

With National being in power so long I think there is some information asymmetry between the two parties as to what is the reality in New Zealand.

We need to keep the wheels moving, the international economy has changed and thus the metrics which we should focus on in order to grow the country.

How labor is planning to achieve growth while doing things such as giving away free tertiary education is a mystery to me - unless they increase taxes.

They told the votes what they wanted to hear, whether or not they can deliver for ALL NZ'ers remains to be seen, they do deserve the time to prove themselves, I hope Labor succeed...for all our sakes.

I beg all of you to read her credentials http://www.labour.org.nz/jacindaardern

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JP for president of NZ.

The lack of economic development credentials are reflected in the first 100 days. With emissions taxing, water taxing and pay out it is clear Comrade Ardern has set the bar even lower for those she claims to care for. Zero aspirations, zero vision, zero anything for people other than societally degenerative turmoil coming your way. Urban ghettos spewing muck into the urban water ways (taxed) will the symbol.

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Don't be so negative. Give Labour a chance. Afterall national did screw up numerous issues.

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Agreed on National's contribution. Key took a hard left turn which was unrecoverable. However, the first 100's story of taxation and cost is the new source of negativity that everyone ought to be concerned over. Raging socialism has never worked anywhere on as the fundamental principles are at odds with human behaviour (unless you erase their self-worth completely through engineering or foul means).

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Lets give Labour a chance to prove themselves. Under National the poor became poorer and paved the way for capitalism and foreign investment to take over New Zealand. We should not imitate the folly of the industrial West and get ourselves into the ditch. Neither should Labour should not resort to the extreme of making people lazy by giving out perks. Lets have a more balanced approach to economic development, a really genuine approach requiring the transformation of the inner being and not trying to live on others efforts.

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Time for the rapacious retirement village owners et al to pay their staff a half-decent living wage.

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Brilliant idea. Then we can chuck all the oldies out on the street because they can't afford to live there anymore.

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Do the maths Steven. If you and your mates can afford to live in a retirement village you can afford to pay its workers a living wage.

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That's right, Kerry, you are absolutely right. You socialist money-grows-on-tress genius you! In fact, all the retirement villages should start to pay the living wage immediately, tomorrow. There should be no delay whatsoever.

The fact that the Caughey Preston Village in Remuera shut down in the last few weeks after 50-60 odd years in business because they could no longer afford the wage bill is completely immaterial and irrelevant. In fact, it's not even maths! Those workers need to be paid more and they need to be paid more NOW!

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Now Stephen, you know you're being a wee bit naughty and not quite telling the truth here don't you? Caughey Preston was not a retirement village, it was a rest home and hospital. Quite different with a totally different funding model that relates to government funding. And in this case, income was falling as much as supplier and employee costs were rising, with the government placing all rest homes in danger because of insufficient funding (presumably Jonathan Coleman thinking that they, like DHBs etc, would perform better if placed under financial pressure).

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You're a capitalist, Steve?

So you'll be opting out of the Pension then?

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Chalam the poor became richer under National. Richer than ever so check the facts
Sadly the socialist policies of comradecArden will impoverish the poor

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And the nation while they are at it.

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With house prices souring under National and people sleeping in cars out in the cold, you call this the poor becoming richer. I guess you one of those who became rich under national. We need, and so do all extravagant communities around the globe, to take credence of the prevalence of unsustainable consumption. So much wastage. Its time for the economy to cool down and lets be more sustainable in our ways. Good for the environments and good lessons for our souls.

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What part of house prices are flat in Auckland and have been for the last year don't you understand, Chalam? And on National's watch too I might add. Or is that fact just an irrelevant one from your biased and left-wing point of view?

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So what's your evidence Graeme for your trickle down theory?

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Graeme, where are you with your claim that the poor became richer under National? Running a mile when challenged?

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I guess if we are all comrades then privacy just left the building.
JA will spy on locals.

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The level of sour grapes and hysteria from the usual right wing commentators is unbelievable. Get a grip people!

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I will be interested to see if the, we will only put taxes up for people that earn $150k or more. What's the bet the threshold gets dropped.

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Bagging capitalists with a BMW in Herne Bay & a family of property developers
Hes worked his usual 3 months in 3 years so he'll fade away fast
Her portfolios are all immeasurable so sweet
Gender rights & equality bow out as soon as won - same # women as national

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Gender equality was election magic dust
Weird - decided whos it but not what doing. Clearly no need for matching qualifications, skills or experience like in real world - looking after (male) mates

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