November 11, 2020
Maori low priority in National shadow team
National Party leader Judith Collins has picked her line-up – and Māori development is down the list.
New Botany MP and former Air New Zealand boss Christopher Luxon is the spokesperson for Iwi Development, Local Government and associate transport.
He's ranked at number 30 in the 33-member caucus, just ahead of lawyer and new Southland MP and Joseph Mooney, who will speak for the party on Treaty Negotiations.
Deputy leader Shane Reti picked up the Children's role on top of his shadow Health portfolio.
Former leader Simon Bridges has been given Māori-Crown Relations, Water, Justice, and Pike River Re-entry, but drops down the rankings to 7.
Former merchant banker Andrew Bailey, the MP for Port Waikato, was the big winner, jumping to number 3.
He will speak on Revenue and Infrastructure, with Michael Woodhouse in the Finance role.
Paul Goldsmith, whose accounting blunders were exposed during the campaign, was sent back to school, taking Education and the number 12 spot.
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