Otago Daily Times
Dunedin MP Woodhouse climbs rankings
‘‘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.