John Key’s soft-shoe-shuffle

* Paula Bennett picks up the Climate Change Issues portfolio from Groser.

* Todd McClay becomes Minister of Trade. He retains his responsibilities for State Owned Enterprises, while handing over the Revenue portfolio to Michael Woodhouse.

* Michael Woodhouse hands Police to Judith Collins.

* Sam Lotu-Iiga picks up the Local Government portfolio from Paula Bennett, while handing Corrections to Collins.

* Key said he had offered ACT Leader David Seymour the positions of Minister for Regulatory Reform and Associate Minister of Education, but he had declined.


– Stuff

Richard Harman on Angry Andy’s reshuffle

Much of what was announced had been flagged privately some time ago by the Little team to journalists and therefore wasn?t surprising.

But what was slightly surprising was the way some of the veterans of the old ?anybody but Cunliffe? faction have kept their seniority.

The standout decisions were:

  • Phil Twyford replaces Nanaia Mahuta as Number Four in the caucus.
  • Nanaia Mahuta slips to 12.
  • Jacinda Ardern jumps from 9 to 5.
  • Kelvin Davis goes from 8 to & but is now the highest ranked Maori MP and spokesman for Maori Development.
  • David Parker goes from 15 to 11 but loses Trade which goes to David Clark. Parker picks up Environment.
  • The biggest loser ? apart from Nanaia Mahuta is former leader, David Cunliffe who has gone from 14 to being unranked.

Below the top 12 Shadow Cabinet Ministers and two whips are another 10 unranked shadow cabinet ministers.

This group includes several members of the ?anybody but Cunliffe group? ? David Shearer, Damien O?Connor, Clayton Cosgrove and Stuart Nash— as well as new MPs, Jenny Salesa and Peeni Henare.

The whole unranked group will find themselves in something of a Ministerial idol — promotion to an assured Cabinet position will depend on performance.

And Mr little emphasised several times during his media briefing yesterday that performance would be largely measured by work rate. …

Basically, those on the back benches are either as wanted as shit on a shoe or they are too lazy to do a decent job. ? The list troughers and the permanently damaged. ? Read more »

Pinko Farrar discovers Labour are tits at maths


(larger version here)

Something we here at Whaleoil have known for some time is that when it comes to numbers, Labour just can’t manage them.

I think Labour are hoping their MPs can?t count. Read more »

Keep friends close, and enemies even closer

There is no room for David Cunliffe in an Andrew Little Labour, which is kind of odd, as both of them were put there by their union masters.

Cunliffe has gone from 14th place to what looks like 28 out of Labour’s 32 MPs (he is one of the bottom 10 that are technically unranked position but Labour’s layout of the list has him in the 28th).

Little has stripped Cunliffe of the tertiary education portfolio, and instead made him “undersecretary to the leader on superannuation issues”.

Basically, Little has said to Cunliffe, ‘You are my servant on superannuation.’

Little and his advisers must have found it hard to keep a straight face as he tried to make out this was good for Cunliffe at today’s press conference.

Little has been deliberately demeaning to Cunliffe, hurting him to get the points with the punters.

It is a good move for Little because he knows it will get him headlines and draw a line under the ‘madness of King Cunliffe’ era of Cunliffe’s leadership.

Cunliffe used to be the darling of Labour’s left but the reality is just like the power went into him, it has been sucked out again.

Little knows Cunliffe has no real power with the base now so has gone for the political jugular. Read more »

Labour’s reshuffle kerfuffle

Richard Harman got sold down the river overnight as poisoned intel was used to out one of his leakers.


But that doesn’t make his article redundant. ?It still stands, albeit the timing of the shuffle is different.

Labour is plainly sensitive to charges that Phil Goff is double dipping as an MP and now confirmed Auckland Mayoral candidate.

Leader Andrew Little has said Mr Goff will now no longer be spokesman on Auckland issues.

Any other changes to his spokesmanships will come tomorrow when Mr Little announces his reshuffle of Labour?s Caucus spokespeople.

The interesting question: ?who will replace Goff? ? Read more »

Labour #MANBAN turns into Labour #FANBAN

Credit: Getty-Images via Newstalk ZB

Credit: Getty-Images via Newstalk ZB

It seems the ground roots desire in the Labour party to promote more women up the party hierarchy at the expense of suitably qualified men isn’t reflect at the heady heights where the MPs operate.

Due to Shane Jones’ departure, David Cunliffe is forced into a “reshuffle”.

The actual appointments need confirmation, but the word is that the following promotions and demotions are on the cards ? Read more »

I get the joke, but was it funny?

via ODT

via ODT

I woke up this morning thinking that the last month has been a bad dream. ?First, briefly, we won the America’s Cup 9-1. ?That was cool.

Also, Davis Shearer’s snapper stunt worked so well, it drove a wedge into National and they are now completely on the backfoot.

There was no 3 week Labour Leadership ‘democratic’ contest.

And yesterday, they didn’t announce Clare Curran as the spokesperson for?Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

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Vernon Small puts lipstick on the pig



I’m not sure what Vernon Small was on when he started on this opinion piece, but it had to be pretty good.

Labour leader David Shearer could not have given a clearer signal that the party needs to lift its game in its traditional happy hunting grounds – jobs, health and education.

While health spokeswoman Maryan Street and education spokeswoman Nanaia Mahuta have not been booted out of the top 20, they have been shifted sideways into less critical areas in his long-awaited reshuffle.

In comes Chris Hipkins, who has been acting education spokesman for some time, and feisty veteran Annette King in health.

Feisty veteran Annette King?

But wait, he’s got more lipstick to go around. ? Read more »

Timing for Shearer’s reshuffle

I understand that Nanaia Mahuta’s baby is due in December. ?Does this mean that Shearer will time the reshuffle in the middle of BBQ season – and after the birth of Nanaia’s baby? ?January perhaps?

At least he won’t look as though he is sacking a pregnant woman. ?Instead he will be targeting a woman with a new baby, a woman who is most likely sleep deprived and a woman who under all this stress may well develop post-natal depression?

So nice to see such inspired leadership from Shearer.

It is good to know he cares about women. ?Is Sue Moroney sure that Shearer put his hand up in support of her paid parental leave bill? ?Hmmm… may be there is an option for Shearer in that. ?He could pay Nanaia to stay away and have an ‘Acting’ Education spokesperson in her place.

Whatever he decides Nanaia is right. ?Shearer has lead the charge in attacking Nanaia for being a woman of childbearing age.


Who is Labour’s finance spokesman?

I am slightly perplexed and certainly bemused. ?This is a tale of two Davids.

Last week, one David delivered this speech?to Eriksens conference. Eriksens?is a bunch of actuaries and investment specialists. This David waxed lyrical about silly economic policies that don’t work and would put the New Zealand economy into the dark ages. This David is Labour’s Finance spokesman.

Over the weekend, another David delivered this speech to a little wee residents association (sorry, I mean citizens association). ?Curiously, this ?is a vision speech on the economy. Full of hyperbole, simile and vomit in the bucket stuff. ?It isn’t an economic development speech like this David’s portfolio, nor is it a measly associate finance speech. ?This is an arse-kicking economy speech that sees this David look like he is challenging not just the Labour party leadership (we are used to that) but also the Party’s economic policy direction. ?It is also interesting as this is the first real challenge to the Greens from a Labour party MP.

So, I ask. ?Who is the Labour Party’s Finance spokesman? ?Will David Shearer’s performance management system show that David Cunliffe has in fact outperformed David Parker in this area?