June 25, 2019
Hayes given Māori role for National
Joanne Hayes has been appointed National's spokesperson for Māori Development, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Whānau Ora in Simon Bridges' first reshuffle of his team.
She replaces Nuk Korako, who retired.
The Christchurch-based list MP has Ngāti Porou, Te Āti Haunui A Papārangi, and Rangitāne ki Wairarapa connections, and she's pushing the party to allow her to contest Te Tai Hauāuru in the next election.
The major change was Paul Goldsmith becoming National's finance spokesperson, with Amy Adams announcing she would retire at the next election.
Nick Smith will speak on crown-Māori relations, as well as shadowing state services and electoral reform.
Shane Reti will put the party's positions on tertiary education, skills and employment, data and cybersecurity as well as having an associate health role, Harete Hipango will speak on Māori tourism, and newcomer Dan Bidois has been given associate workplace relations and safety to chew on.
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