Announcement to reveal key portfolios for NZ First

Winston Peters
Winston Peters
New Zealand First's four cabinet ministers will occupy some key portfolios when the announcement is made later today.

Prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern will announce the full allocation of portfolios but she yesterday announced what responsibilities NZ First ministers would be given.

Labour would provide the finance minister but the likely minister, Grant Robertson, will have associate ministers from both NZ First and the Greens.

NZ First leader Winston Peters will be deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister.

The other cabinet ministers will be deputy leader Ron Mark, education spokeswoman Tracey Martin and former Labour minister Shane Jones.

Other portfolio allocations for NZ first will be infrastructure, regional economic development, internal affairs, seniors, defence, veterans' affairs, children, forestry, state owned enterprises, racing, associate finance, associate education and an under-secretary for foreign affairs and regional economic development.

Having an under-secretary for foreign affairs and regional economic development implies Mr Peters will also take on the latter role.

No mention was made of a minister responsible for Pike River, indicating although there is a commitment to re-entry of the mine, the minister will come from the ranks of Labour.

The Green Party has already announced its ministers who will sit outside cabinet.

As part of its agreement, the Greens will get significantly more funding for the Department of Conservation.

There will also be an overhaul of the welfare system, access to entitlements will be ensured, excessive sanctions will be removed and Working for Families will be removed.

A rent-to-own scheme, or similar progressive ownership models, will be developed as part of Labour's Kiwibuild programme.

Green ministers - James Shaw, Julie Anne-Genter, Eugenie Sage and Jan Logie - will hold climate change, associate finance, conservation, women, Land Information New Zealand, associate environment, Statistics, associate transport, associate health and an undersecretary to the minister of justice (domestic and sexual violence).


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