Seven Things You Need to Know about the new Cabinet

This morning, John Key announced his cabinet for the upcoming term. There are some big changes in the portfolio allocations, with fresh faces in Cabinet and on the Front Bench. Some portfolios have been renamed – for example, the Minister of Women’s Affairs is now simply the Minister of Women.  Here’s what you need to know:

1. Maggie Barry is in Cabinet.


Maggie Barry has been promoted into Cabinet. First elected in 2011, she has risen quickly. She is now Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage; Minister of Conservation and Minister for Senior Citizens.

2. Amy Adams is Minister of Justice.

Amy Adams is the new Minister of Justice. Adams is a qualified lawyer, and served as Minister for the Environment in the last term of Parliament,  which has been taken over by Dr. Nick Smith. Amy is on the Front Bench, also holding the Courts, Broadcasting and Communications portfolios.

3. Paula Bennett has new responsibilities.


Paula Bennett is now ranked Number 5 in Cabinet. She is Minister of Local Government; State Services; and Social Housing. She is also Associate Minister of Finance, giving her input into shaping the Budget for the next three years. She is no longer Minister of Social Development, with Anne Tolley taking over that role.

4. Jonathan Coleman takes over from Tony Ryall. The Health portfolio was left by Tony Ryall, who retired at the election. Jonathan Coleman, formerly Minister of Defence steps into his shoes. Gerry Brownlee has taken up the reins at Defence.

5. Nikki Kaye has been promoted.

Nikki Kaye

Nikki Kaye has been promoted  – she now serves as Minister for ACC, retaining her responsibilities as Minister of Youth, Minister of Civil Defence and Associate Minister of Education.

6. Some Ministers have new portfolios. Simon Bridges gets a promotion as Minister of Transport. He stays on as Minister of Energy and Resources. Sam Lotu-Iiga is now the Minister of Corrections, and is the Minister for Pacific Peoples (formerly Pacific Island Affairs). Michael Woodhouse becomes Minister of Police.

7. There are new Ministers Outside Cabinet.


Paul Goldsmith, who chaired the Finance and Expenditure Committee is now Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Louise Upston, formerly the Government’s Senior Whip, is promoted to the Ministry as Minister for Land Information and Minister for Women. Te Ururoa Flavell of the Maori Party is Minister of Maori Development, and Peter Dunne of UnitedFuture is Minister of Internal Affairs.

For the full Cabinet list: