January 21, 2019
Bridges sets up Nick Smith-Kelvin Davis contest
National Party leader Simon Bridges has appointed Nick Smith as the Opposition spokesperson for Crown Māori Relations, filling a position formerly held by outgoing MP Chris Finlayson.
He says the role aligns with Mr Smith's work in the shadow state services role.
Amy Adams becomes shadow Attorney-General, and Mark Mitchell the spokesperson for Pike River reentry.
Paula Bennett has been appointed to the new position of spokesperson for drug reform, indicating National intends to fight any moves towards decriminalisation.
Shane Reti takes over Ms Bennett's tertiary education, skills and employment shadow portfolio.
Mr Bridges says a well-thought through and evidence-based approach is needed to the drug reform, balancing public safety with the need to help vulnerable people.
He says the Government has a confused and dangerous commitment to decriminalisation and a soft approach to crime.
Incoming MP Agnes Loheni will be appointed the Associate Spokesperson for Small Business and Associate Pacific Peoples roles when she enters Parliament next month.
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