2 Jul 2020

National reshuffle doesn't solve diversity problem

From Checkpoint, 6:12 pm on 2 July 2020

National leader Todd Muller has brought Simon Bridges back into the fold - giving him the foreign affairs portfolio he was after - however he's kept him low in the party rankings. Mr Muller announced a minor reshuffle today - prompted by the retirement of Paula Bennett. Shane Reti has been bumped up the list, taking over Paula Bennett's number 13 ranking, and a new associate drug reform portfolio. Mr Bridges is assuming Dr Reti's number 17 spot on the list, and taking foreign affairs off Gerry Brownlee. The reshuffle means there is still just two Maori MPs in the top 20, and no non-Pakeha on the front bench.