Monday, November 23, 2020
Radio New Zealand
The Green Party has unveiled an unsurprising portfolio reshuffle, ahead of the official opening of Parliament this week.
Co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson will only hold portfolios related to their ministerial positions, which they picked up as part of the Green's co-operation agreement with Labour.
Other key portfolios, including finance, have been piled on the rest of their caucus.
Davidson holds prevention of family and sexual violence and housing, while Shaw has climate change and environment (biodiversity).
Chloe Swarbrick retains the drug law reform and mental health portfolios and picks up revenue.
Julie Anne Genter keeps the transport portfolio, but has also picked up finance, local government and construction.
But Genter, who was the minister for women last term, loses the portfolio to Jan Logie.
Logie will also be the Green Party's "musterer", or whip, and will be responsible for the child poverty and disabilities portfolios, too.
Eugenie Sage will continue her focus on the environment, as the party's spokesperson for conservation, environment, forestry, and oceans and fisheries.
Golriz Ghahraman retains the portfolios she has held previously, focusing on human rights, electoral reform and the justice system.
Three new Green MPs were elected last month and all pick up portfolios connected to their experiences outside of Parliament.
Teanau Tuiono gains the Pacific peoples portfolio, as well as agriculture, regional economic development, rural communities and security and intelligence.
Dr Elizabeth Kerekere will be the party's spokesperson for rainbow communities, Maori development, health and arts, culture and heritage.
Ricardo Menendez March has been assigned the social development, employment and immigration portfolios.
Party Co-leader James Shaw said his caucus offered a breadth of talent and energy to Parliament this term.
"In 10 MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more," Shaw said.
The skill and energy of the Green MPs would be of huge benefit to Aotearoa, he said.
Source: RNZ- https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/431247/green-party-reveals-portfolio-reshuffle-ahead-of-official-parliament-opening
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