October 23, 2017
Maori Ministers take the reins
New Zealand is set to have the largest number of Maori ministers yet, but their roles won’t be revealed until later this week.
Labour’s caucus voted senior MPs Kelvin Davis and Nanaia Mahuta into Cabinet, and presumptive prime minister Jacinda Ardern picked Peeni Henare, Meka Whaitiri and Willie Jackson to serve as ministers outside cabinet.
Mr Davis has expressed a desire to continue working in the Corrections portfolio, which could mean Ms Mahuta is given the lead Maori affairs role.
On the New Zealand First side, Winston Peters, Ron Mark, Shane Jones and Tracy Martin will sit around the cabinet table.
The Greens will get three ministers outside cabinet and one-under-secretary position, but its sole Maori MP, Marama Davidson, missed out on a spot.
She told supporters on Facebook she never expected to be Minister this term, as she has only been in parliament a year and a half, and she was proud to have been named deputy whip.
Ms Davidson says the Greens have chose the MPs who are best suited for the portfolios they will be given.
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