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New Cabinet: Grant Robertson is our new deputy Prime Minister

Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson becomes deputy Prime Minister in the new Cabinet announced this afternoon by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. He retains his position as Finance Minister and also becomes Infrastructure Minister.

News from NZ Government
Experienced Ministers will hold key economic recovery and ongoing COVID response portfolios in the new Cabinet line-up announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today.

“The next three years will be very challenging for New Zealand. With the global outlook worsening we won’t be immune to the ongoing impact Covid is having around the world,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“With this in mind the new Labour Government will have two overarching priorities: to drive our economic recovery from Covid-19, and to continue our health response to keep New Zealanders safe from the virus.

“In what will be a difficult environment it’s critical we have our most experienced Ministers leading the ongoing Covid response to keep New Zealanders safe from the virus and to accelerate our plan for economic recovery.

“Grant Robertson will become Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Infrastructure Minister; drawing together the key portfolios central to that economic recovery.

“Our recovery plan includes $42 billion of infrastructure investment that will create jobs and ensure our economic recovery also delivers much needed improvements to our roads and public transport, to schools, hospitals and housing, while also continuing to support our regions.

“Chris Hipkins becomes the Minister for COVID-19 Response. This is a new role that will give the Minister responsibility for all aspects of our ongoing response, including the running of managed isolation facilities, our border defences as well as our health response including our testing and contact tracing systems and managing any resurgence of the virus.

“Andrew Little will become the Minister of Health, driving overdue reforms of the system aimed at improving health outcomes for all New Zealanders. He will be supported by Peeni Henare and Dr Ayesha Verrall who will focus on Maori Health and Public Health respectively.

“Nanaia Mahuta will become the Minister of Foreign Affairs – the first woman in our nation’s history appointed to hold the portfolio. She will bring the experience she has already built with an Associate Trade and Export Growth portfolio in the last term,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“I am excited by this team. They bring experience from the ground, and from within politics. But they also represent renewal and reflect the New Zealand we live in today.

“We know we have a big job ahead of us, but the skills, experience and commitment this team brings to the task is invaluable,” Jacinda Ardern said.

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  1. Fleur Fitzsimons, 2. November 2020, 15:33

    I am just delighted for Dr Ayesha Verral and for New Zealand! From ward rounds as a Specialist at Wellington Hospital, straight into Cabinet as Associate Minister of Health! Ayesha is an intellectual powerhouse, internationalist and one of Southland’s best nerds. [via twitter]

  2. Morgan Godfery, 2. November 2020, 15:40

    Carmel Sepuloni richly rewarded with the number 6 ranking in cabinet for doing almost nothing in the first term to implement the urgent and considered recommendations of her own welfare working group. [via twitter]

  3. Linda Burgess, 2. November 2020, 15:41

    Some excellent choices for cabinet. Personal pleasure that Ayesha Verrall is associate minister of health – given that she and her team saved my life last year. [via twitter]

  4. Grant Robertson, 2. November 2020, 22:35

    Cheers to all for the congrats today. A wonderful team to be a part of. Feeling humbled, proud and ready to go! [via twitter]

  5. Gareth Morgan, 2. November 2020, 22:42

    Congratulations Jacinda. You have to acknowledge her competence in the Cabinet she’s selected, and the accommodation of the Greens. Good luck to all. [via twitter.]

  6. Helene Ritchie, 3. November 2020, 7:22

    Wow what great Cabinet positions the Prime Minister has just announced, reflecting Labour’s and the country’s priorities.
    Much talent there, much work to be done.
    The Cabinet and those outside Cabinet
    bring much to the country and the Government, as will the backbenchers!
    An excellent team.

  7. Alf the Aspirational Apterxy, 4. November 2020, 7:10

    We now have a Wellington MP as Minister for Infrastructure and Deputy Prime Minister. Will Wellington finally receive its fair share of government expenditure for roading and other measures to deal with the serious congestion the city and region faces?