Nikki Kaye will take over education from Hekia Parata and Gerry Brownlee takes the foreign affairs portfolio from Murray McCully.
Nick Smith is not good at retail politics. The problem is, election years are all about retail politics.
Rivals have questioned how the embattled copier company managed to win the government over.
The government is prescribing more money for schooling but two experts say the problem with education is more fundamental – it is the concept of schooling itself.