John Key has announced his new cabinet

John Key has announced his new cabinet, and has axed Kate Wilkinson and Phil Heatley.

I can understand Wilkinson, she was inept. Someone in Bill ENglish’s team had to get the axe to cover for Hekia Parata and so it was Kate. But I can’t for the life of me work out Phil Heatley…is John Key saying that Phil did a worse job than Hekia?

There is some bullshit in the press release about National nominating David Carter. Many MPs I have spoken to have wondered if they missed the caucus meeting resolving that particular nomination. This is a Bil English inspired stitch up that shows that Bill and his bratpack mates are very much still causing grief in the formerly smoke filled rooms. The nomination of Carter, ostensibly for his large donation gathering ability rather than any talent is a sop to rehabilitate Nick Smith.

Although there is some renewal bringing back Nick Smith and promoting Carter shows that Key is still beholden to Bill English, and rewards tired old faces.

The renewal looks promising with Simon Bridges rising into cabinet and taking on the Labour¬†portfolio. Let’s hope he is small-dicked about his job in that role.

The full list is: 

Cabinet

John Key: Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism, Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services, Minister in Charge of the NZ Security, Intelligence Service
Minister Responsible for the GCSB.

Bill English: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance.

Gerry Brownlee: Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Minister of Transport, Leader of the House, Minister Responsible for the Earthquake, Commission.

Steven Joyce: Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Associate Minister of Finance.

Judith Collins: Minister of Justice, Minister for ACC, Minister for Ethnic Affairs.

Tony Ryall: Minister of Health, Minister for State Owned Enterprises.

Hekia Parata: Minister of Education, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs.

Christopher Finlayson: Attorney-General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Associate Minister of Maori Affairs.

Paula Bennett: Minister for Social Development Associate Minister of Housing.

Dr Jonathan Coleman: Minister of Defence, Minister of State Services, Associate Minister of Finance.

Murray McCully: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Sport and Recreation.

Anne Tolley: Minister of Police, Minister of Corrections, Deputy Leader of the House.

Dr Nick Smith: Minister of Conservation, Minister of Housing.

Tim Groser: Minister of Trade, Minister for Climate Change Issues, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Amy Adams: Minister for the Environment, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Associate Minister for Canterbury, Earthquake Recovery.

Nathan Guy: Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Racing.

Craig Foss: Minister of Commerce, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Minister of Broadcasting, Associate Minister for ACC.

Chris Tremain: Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Local Government, Associate Minister of Tourism.

Simon Bridges: Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Labour, Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues.

Nikki Kaye: Minister for Food Safety, Minister of Civil Defence, Minister of Youth Affairs, Associate Minister of Education, Associate Minister of Immigration.

Ministers outside of Cabinet

Maurice Williamson: Minister for Building and Construction, Minister of Customs, Minister for Land Information, Minister of Statistics.

Jo Goodhew:¬†Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Senior Citizens, Minister of Women’s Affairs, Associate Minister of Health, Associate Minister for Primary Industries.

Chester Borrows: Minister for Courts, Associate Minister of Justice, Associate Minister for Social Development.

Michael Woodhouse:¬†Minister of Immigration, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Associate Minister of Transport.

Support party ministers

Peter Dunne: Minister of Revenue, Associate Minister of Conservation, Associate Minister of Health.

John Banks: Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister for Small Business, Associate Minister of Commerce, Associate Minister of Education

Dr Pita Sharples: Minister of Maori Affairs, Associate Minister of Corrections, Associate Minister of Education.

Tariana Turia: Minister for Whanau Ora, Minister for Disability Issues, Associate Minister of Health, Associate Minister of Housing, Associate Minister for Social Development, Associate Minister for Tertiary, Education, Skills and Employment.

  • tarkwin

    Phil is a career politician who is only there for the money. He’s done bugger all for Whangarei. To most of his constituents – those that aren’t super rich or from the old moneyed families of the area he is the invisible man.

  • Apolonia

    The deck chairs on the Titanic have been rearranged. But the problem remains, who will be Nationals coalition partners in 2014?

    • Meg

      And that’s the big question.

      The Maori party have got leadership issues, ACT will most likely be gone, UF will be there, but there is no guarantee which way Dunn will jump. Labour and the Greens do not need too many more votes to tip them over the line, and unless Key is willing to deal with Winston, National might win the most seats, only to find themselves in opposition.

      • Hazards001

        Yep. MMP sucks arse don’t it Meg? (tongue firmly planted in cheek as I ask!)

        • Meg

          Not at all. MMP is a far better system than FPP ever was.

          • Hazards001

            Only in your left wing school teachers opinion. How exactly is it fair that the party with a clear majority of the populations vote is reduced to relying on flip flop troughers like the two Petes?
            Wait..it’s ok Meg..I know the answer..because it makes it more likely the left wing whiners that wont work in an iron lung can get a change to put their hand out for money to made from those that will!

  • DLM

    Thank Christ that the ax has fallen on that useless Minister Kate Wilkinson. Couldn’t make a decision to save herself. Agree that young Simon Bridges will need to have some big balls to take on the unions as Min of Labour. First task should be an investigation into their spending rorts. Fuck them up boyo

    • Time For Accountability

      We are working on it

  • Liberty

    Good to see Nick back in Cabinet.

  • Meg

    While I am no fan of Phil Heatley, I am stunned that he has been dropped as a Minister altogether, and Hekia has been kept on given the absolute disaster she has been.

    To compare the 2 of them side by side for performance, there is no way Phil has performed worse than Hekia. This smacks of cronyism of the highest order.

    • Dion

      She is being kept because she is not a white middle aged man. Nothing to do with her competence (or in this case lack thereof).

      I am disappointed but not surprised.

      • Meg

        Like I said, cronyism above capability.

        Key will end up paying for it.

  • In Vino Veritas

    I’ve heard from inside Treasury that Heatley was abolutely inept. With regard to Housing, he had limited ability to digest and understand what was put in front of him. He expected complex information to be given to him in 3 word sentences with only 5 sentences allowed, otherwise it was brain explosion. Amazing for a guy with a Doctorate.

  • Gee

    I would have liked to see Nick back in Charge of Local Goverment. At the time of his dismissal he was full steam ahead with reforms to limit rate increase and limit the crazy
    Obama like borrowing and wastage that most councils seem to be indulging in. All that driving force stopped once he was gone, and the very junior minister in charge now is unlikely to worry the local councils much.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Hekia Parata is still there and she will stay. The fact that she is not hard on Teachers is the wildcard for the next Election. To dismiss her means losing votes from the ‘my child needs’ sector, to keep her wins votes – Moari votes

    • Meg

      Maori do not vote National in any large numbers to be a game changer. Keeping her is going to do National no favors. The fact that 2 Ministers have been put in place to “help” her indicates Key (despite what he says) does not have confidence in her.

  • Mark

    The nomination of David Carter as the next Speaker of Parliament is a terrible step backwards for NZ, for the integrity of Parliament, and for NZ’s international reputation.

    David Carter was deeply confused and conflicted about his responsibilities as Minister of Agriculture, not only was he completely conflicted, but he attempted to outlaw the freedom of religion practice and human rights of a well established and integrated minority group in order to advance his own business interests. It was only the threat of Hight Court action which changed his mind, at great cost to the tax payer.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10690598

    The last thing we all need is a scoundrel as Speaker.

    NZ would be better off if Carter would return to his farm and stay there.

  • Mark

    The nomination of David Carter as the next Speaker of Parliament is a terrible step backwards for NZ, for the integrity of Parliament, and for NZ’s international reputation.

    David Carter was deeply confused and conflicted about his responsibilities as Minister of Agriculture, not only was he completely conflicted, but he attempted to outlaw the freedom of religion practice and human rights of the well established and integrated Jewish minority in order to advance his own business interests. It was only the threat of Hight Court action which changed his mind, at great cost to the tax payer.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10690598

    The last thing we all need is a scoundrel as Speaker.

    NZ would be better off if Carter would return to his farm and stay there.

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  • http://twitter.com/ChiefsFan73 Rhys Wilson

    We still have a ministry for climate change WTF. Half of these ministries could go me thinks.

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