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New leaders at NZ’s helm

News 27 Oct 2017

New Zealand has a new Foreign Minister in the way of the Rt. Hon. Winston Peters.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently announced her team for the Labour-NZ First Cabinet, naming Mr Peters as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade - a position he is familiar with having filled the role for the Labour-led Government in 2005.

Mr Peters will also fulfil the roles of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for State Owned Enterprises and Minister for Racing.

Prime Minister Ardern, who will take on the portfolios of arts, culture and heritage, and national security and intelligence, and child poverty reduction, also named four ministers of Pacific descent in the line-up.

Carmel Sepuloni is Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues.

Jenny Salesa is Minister for Building and Construction and Ethnic Communities, and she becomes NZ’s first Tongan-born, Tongan-speaking Cabinet Minister.

Aupito Su'a William Sio and Kris Fa'afoi are ministers outside cabinet, with Mr Sio taking on the role of Minister for Pacific Peoples, and Mr Fa’ofoi named the new Minister of Civil Defence; Commerce and Consumer Affairs; and Associate Minister of Immigration.

List MP Anahila Suisuiki rounds out Labour's Pasifika caucus.

Former Ambassador for Economic Development in the Pacific Matua Shane Jones will take up the Minister of Forestry; Infrastructure; Regional Economic Development; Associate Minister of Finance; and Transport.