Nikki Kaye's promotion to power
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:08p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye was the big winner in today’s Cabinet reshuffle with the 32-year-old backbencher going straight to the Government’s executive table.
She picks up three ministerial portfolios and two associate minister roles and replaces Kate Wilkinson – who was sacked last night - as the sixth female in the 20-strong Cabinet.
Prime Minister John Key revealed the line-up today and the widely predicted return of Nick Smith was officially confirmed as was Primary Industries Minister David Carter’s move to Speaker of the House.
But Mr Key threw in two surprise departures from Cabinet, revealing that Housing Minister Phil Heatley and Ms Wilkinson will leave Cabinet to make way for two young guns: minister outside Cabinet Simon Bridges and Ms Kaye.
Mr Key says the changes allow for a “breath of fresh air” into his Cabinet, citing Ms Kaye’s interest in digital learning and her chairing of the education select committee as two main reasons for the change.
“Phil and Kate have both made a real contribution to the Government in their four years as Ministers and I’d like to thank them for that."
Mr Key only told Ms Wilkinson she was demoted last night and did the same with Mr Heatley this morning and admits they didn’t see it coming.
“They’ve done nothing wrong […] they were naturally very disappointed and a little surprised but I think they can understand my thinking.”
Ms Wilkinson released a statement today saying she was disappointed but supports Mr Key’s choice decision to send her to the back bench.
Both demoted ministers will have their salaries cut by $116,000.
Senior Whip Michael Woodhouse becomes a minister outside Cabinet and his replacement will be voted in by caucus.
Craig Foss has been stripped of his Associate Education title amid the Novopay debacle and will be replaced by the Minister of Business, Innovation and Employment Steven Joyce.
Mr Key says a fresh set of eyes is needed to get the Novopay issues sorted.
“Getting Novopay working as it should may take some time, given what appears to be the systemic issues involved. I can assure teachers that we want to get Novopay sorted as soon as possible."
Education Minister Hekia Parata stays put despite a tough and controversial year in 2012. Mr Key says she needs more than one term in the job.
The resignations of Mr Carter, Mr Heatley and Ms Wilkinson take effect on January 29 and the new ministers will be sworn in two days later.
The new positions:
Key’s full 2013 Cabinet:
Ministers outside Cabinet:
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26/01/2013 11:19:09 a.m.
dont national have any decent looking women in their crizzly party . just puffed up self seekers.it better get its self a safe seat .
22/01/2013 9:32:06 p.m.
Paul Downer wrote:
Ruz were you left standing at the doors of the gallows,Or did Key faint before pulling the leaver,as what I can see is Key has self destructed and well before the next elections,Joyce is more like a elephant with his ivory removed.Now Key has senior cabinet ministers put in place,he will be able to globe trot even more too try and keep up with the pace of a 747.
22/01/2013 8:52:50 p.m.
Christians in New Zealand need to remember what Christ did to the John Key's in this world, he thre them out of the temples for their greed and averice.
Nick Smith promised to give up his seat at the next election because of his sins, unfortunately it appears that promise has gone up in smoke and Key and Smith want us to forget it.
A vote against National is a vote for morality thats for certain.
National has no ethics and no morals, and christians need to vote to help our society and to save family values.
Christ threw the John Keys out of the temples, there is no such thing as a right wing christian.
Voting for National is voting for greed and the destruction of our childrens futures.
Whether you are christian or not.. the same still applies.
22/01/2013 7:21:32 p.m.
I think John Key has done the right thing in bringing Nick Smith back into Cabinet. Smith is an experienced Minister and might actually do something with housing and conservation. Nikki Kaye looks like she is being set up to take over from Hekia Parata who is hopeless as Education Minister. Not sure about the Bridges promotion but getting rid of Wilkinson ws a smart move. She is also holding on to the marginal Waimakariri seat for National and may not be a good choice to keep it at the next election. Interesting to see that Steven Joyce is becoming the new Bill Birch - very powerful within the Cabinet.
22/01/2013 7:09:32 p.m.
Steven Joyce in Education? well, now our kids are officially done for.
22/01/2013 5:55:05 p.m.
Bing billy bong wrote:
Fresh meat for the chopping block
22/01/2013 5:41:41 p.m.
gaw blimey wrote:
Tweedle key and tweedle kay. :(
22/01/2013 5:39:58 p.m.
Nick Smith is back - BOO!
It is not as though the National village was missing an idoit. Next time I get in the crap at work I might try crying then go for re-instatement.
I'm tiring of gits with zero integrity running the country. It is a joke.
22/01/2013 4:16:44 p.m.
Oh this poor country with these guys in charge down goes nz
22/01/2013 2:57:32 p.m.
Nick Smith ????????????????????
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