Otago Daily Times

Dunedin MP Wood­house climbs rank­ings

- Mike.houla­han@odt.co.nz Dunedin · Queenstown · Paul Goldsmith · Simon Bridges · Shane Reti

‘‘I’m a very happy per­son at the mo­ment,’’ Mrs Dean said.

‘‘As as­sis­tant speaker you are a ser­vant of the House and so it has a dif­fer­ent fo­cus to be­ing a port­fo­lio spokesper­son.

‘‘I have chaired a cou­ple of se­lect com­mit­tees, it was an en­vi­ron­ment I en­joyed, this op­por­tu­nity came up and I like a chal­lenge.’’

New South­land MP Joseph Mooney was named treaty ne­go­ti­a­tions spokesman, and given as­so­ciate roles in de­fence and tourism.

‘‘With both Queen­stown and Te Anau here, tourism is a big part of my elec­torate and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to con­tribut­ing some­thing use­ful in that port­fo­lio,’’ he said.

A for­mer army re­servist, de­fence was a role he had a per­sonal con­nec­tion with, he said.

He also had a long­term in­ter­est in treaty set­tle­ments, Mr Mooney said.

In­ver­cargill MP and for­mer SIT chief ex­ec­u­tive Penny Sim­monds was, un­sur­pris­ingly, named spokes­woman for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

Ms Sim­monds also was given as­so­ciate roles in agri­cul­ture and dis­abil­ity is­sues.

She could not be con­tacted for com­ment yes­ter­day.

For­mer fi­nance spokesman Paul Gold­smith plunged down the party ranks to 12th and was named ed­u­ca­tion spokesman.

For­mer leader Si­mon Bridges was ranked sev­enth and given jus­tice and three other port­fo­lios.

The man who was briefly leader af­ter Mr Bridges, Todd Muller, dropped to 19th and was named trade and in­ter­nal af­fairs spokesman.

On Tuesday, Shane Reti was con­firmed as Ms Collins deputy.

Ms Collins said she had de­lib­er­ately not ranked the party’s new MPs, and they all started as equals in Na­tional’s cau­cus.

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