October 25, 2017
Greens get spread of posts outside cabinet
Greens leader James Shaw says he looks forward to the day Marama Davidson becomes a Minister.
The sole Maori member of the Greens caucus, who entered parliament halfway through the last term, missed out on one of the three cabinet posts secured in the Greens confidence and supply agreement with Labour.
Mr Shaw says Ms Davidson is a tremendously talented politician, but with only 8 members of parliament to Labour’s 46 there were only so many roles available.
"It was important for us to have a spread across the economy, the environment and the fair society piece. That's the combination you have got with people who will be ministers or undersecretaries, but I look forward to the day Marama becomes a minister," he says.
Mr Shaw becomes the Minister outside cabinet for Climate Change, minister of Statistics, and Associate Minister of Finance.
Eugenie Sage is Minister of Conservation, Minister of Land Information NZ, and Associate Minister for the Environment.
Julie Ann Genter picks up the Women's portfolio as well as associate health and transport, while Jan Logie is the parliamentary undersecretary to the Minister for Justice dealing with domestic and sexual violence.
James Shaw says the coalition agreement bears out the long faith he has had in the relationship with Labour, and he’s impressed with the way its negotiators were able to achieve a high degree of consistency in the deals struck with both the Greens and New Zealand First.
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