MP wel­comes pro­mo­tion in party shuf­fle

Kapi-Mana News - - WHAT’S ON - KRIS DANDO

‘‘I’m very pleased to get into the top team, so to speak. ’’

Kris Faafoi is wel­com­ing a busier life.

The Mana MP was pro­moted two weeks ago in a mi­nor reshuf­fle of Labour Party min­is­ters, fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion of long-serv­ing MP Clay­ton Cos­grove to step down.

Faafoi takes over the busy tourism port­fo­lio and his consumer af­fairs role will now be han­dled by David Shearer.

It also means Faafoi moves into the shadow cabi­net.

He re­tains his other port­fo­lios of state ser­vices and rac­ing.

‘‘I’m very pleased to get into the top team, so to speak,’’ he said.

‘‘Tourism is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for me, es­pe­cially be­cause I’m up against the Prime Min­is­ter [John Key has the tourism port­fo­lio].

‘‘I need to get my head around a few things in a short time, but I’m glad to be at the top ta­ble and not on the pe­riph­ery.

‘‘The group of 20 peo­ple [Labour cabi­net] set the agenda and I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing a part of that.’’

Faafoi said tourism was one of the country’s big­gest sources of in­come at the mo­ment and he in­tended to learn how it was func­tion­ing in his elec­torate first.

He said a chat with Jean Cail­l­a­bet at Adrenalin For­est in Aotea was high on his agenda.

‘‘I want to talk to peo­ple lo­cally about how tourism is af­fect­ing them – it’s im­por­tant I get a han­dle on that first. Jean has been good to me and I’m keen to lis­ten to his ideas as I get go­ing.’’

What im­pact will his new port­fo­lio have on how he rep­re­sents peo­ple in Mana?

‘‘I will be busier, but I am still plan­ning to be on the ground in Porirua and Kapiti reg­u­larly, like I am now.

‘‘I need to be ef­fi­cient with my time and it’ll mean I’m on the phone a lot more.’’

Labour leader An­drew Lit­tle said Faafoi was in­stantly recog­nis­able to New Zealan­ders and was a tal­ented MP.

‘‘His hard work has earned him a place on the shadow cabi­net,’’ Lit­tle said.

‘‘Kris con­nects well when he’s on the road – an in­valu­able skill when work­ing with the tourism in­dus­try.’’

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