Monday, February 26, 2024

New Government revealed, Seymour and Peters to share deputy PM role

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Pictured from left at this morning’s ceremony to sign the new Government’s coalition agreement are Winston Peters, Christopher Luxon, and David Seymour. Photo supplied

National Party leader and incoming Prime Minister Christopher Luxon is announcing the detail of the new Government in Wellington this morning.

He’s joined by ACT Party leader David Seymour and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

National has formed a three-way coalition with ACT and NZ First.

In a first for New Zealand, Seymour and Peters will each serve as deputy prime minister but at different stages of the three-year Parliamentary term.

National deputy leader Nicola Willis will serve as Finance Minister.

As well as serving as Prime Minister, Luxon will be Minister for National Security and Intelligence and Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services.

Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown will serve as Minister for Energy, Minister of Local Government, Minister of Transport, Minister for Auckland, and Deputy Leader of the House.

A coalition agreement document released this morning details how National and ACT will work together in Government.

Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown will serve as Minister for Energy, Minister of Local Government, Minister of Transport, Minister for Auckland, and Deputy Leader of the House in the new Government. Times photo Wayne Martin

It states ACT will have three Ministers inside Cabinet, two Ministers outside Cabinet, and one Parliamentary Undersecretary.

Ministerial portfolios have been agreed between the leaders of ACT and National, and include Seymour as deputy prime minister from May 31, 2025.

Luxon said that on election night he stated he would lead a Government that would deliver for every New Zealander, “regardless of who we are, where we are and whatever our life circumstances”.

“How the coalition parties do that has been at the core of our negotiations.”

National’s proposed foreign buyers tax has been scrapped and tax cuts will be funded through a “combination of spending reprioritisation and additional revenue measures”.

Peters will serve as deputy prime minister for the first half of the Parliamentary term and as Foreign Minister.

In his remarks at the coalition Government signing ceremony, Peters referred to people who criticised the amount of time it’s taken to get an agreement in place as “mathematical morons”.

National Party Ministers inside Cabinet

  • Christopher Luxon – Prime Minister, Minister for National Security and Intelligence, Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services
  • Nicola Willis – Minister of Finance, Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Social Investment, Associate Minister of Climate Change
  • Chris Bishop – Minister of Housing, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister Responsible for RMA Reform, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Leader of the House, Associate Minister of Finance
  • Dr Shane Reti – Minister of Health, Minister for Pacific Peoples
  • Simeon Brown – Minister for Energy, Minister of Local Government, Minister of Transport, Minister for Auckland, Deputy Leader of the House
  • Erica Stanford – Minister of Education, Minister of Immigration
  • Paul Goldsmith – Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Minister of Justice, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
  • Louise Upston – Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Child Poverty Reduction, Minister for Social Development and Employment, Minister for Child Poverty Reduction
  • Judith Collins – Attorney-General, Minister of Defence, Minister for Digitising Government, Minister Responsible for the GCSB, Minister Responsible for the NZSIS, Minister of Science, Innovation and Technology, Minister for Space, Lead Coordination Minister for the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission’s Report into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques
  • Mark Mitchell – Minister of Corrections, Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery, Minister of Police
  • Todd McClay – Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Forestry, Minister for Hunting and Fishing, Minister for Trade, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Tama Potaka – Minister of Conservation, Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti, Minister for Māori Development, Minister for Whānau Ora, Associate Minister of Housing (Social Housing)
  • Matt Doocey – Minister for ACC, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Minister for Youth, Associate Minister of Health, Associate Minister of Transport
  • Melissa Lee – Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Ethnic Communities, Minister for Media and Communications, Associate Minister for ACC

National Party Ministers outside Cabinet

  • Simon Watts – Minister of Climate Change, Minister of Revenue
  • Penny Simmonds – Minister for Disability Issues, Minister for the Environment, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment
  • Chris Penk – Minister for Building and Construction, Minister for Land Information, Minister for Veterans, Associate Minister of Defence, Associate Minister of Immigration
  • Nicola Grigg – Minister of State for Trade, Minister for Women, Associate Minister of Agriculture (Horticulture)
  • Andrew Bayly – Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Minister for Small Business and Manufacturing, Minister of Statistics

ACT Party Ministers

  • David Seymour (Deputy Prime Minister from May 31 2025) – Minister for Regulation, Associate Minister of Education (Partnership Schools), Associate Minister of Finance, Associate Minister of Health (Pharmac)
  • Brooke van Velden – Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety
  • Nicole McKee – Minister for Courts, Associate Minister of Justice (Firearms)
  • Andrew Hoggard (outside Cabinet) – Minister for Biosecurity, Minister for Food Safety, Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare, Skills), Associate Minister for the Environment
  • Karen Chhour (outside Cabinet) – Minister for Children, Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence
  • Simon Court MP – Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure, Minister Responsible for RMA Reform

New Zealand First Ministers

  • Winston Peters (Deputy Prime Minister until May 31 2025) – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Racing
  • Shane Jones – Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Resources, Associate Minister of Finance, Associate Minister for Energy
  • Casey Costello – Minister of Customs, Minister for Seniors, Associate Minister of Health, Associate Minister of Immigration, Associate Minister of Police
  • Mark Patterson (oustide Cabinet) – Minister for Rural Communities, Associate Minister of Agriculture
  • Jenny Marcroft MP – Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Media and Communications

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