As I and my Parliamentary colleagues transition from the 52nd to the 53rd Parliament, the past week saw major announcements from the Prime Minister who has continued to reiterate that as a government we will remained focussed on our COVID-19 recovery plan stating that “the next three years will be very challenging for New Zealand and we won’t be immune to the ongoing impact Covid is having around the world".
“With this in mind, the new Labour Government will have two overarching priorities: to drive our economic recovery from COVID-19, and to continue our health response to keep New Zealanders safe from the virus.
"In what will be a difficult environment it’s critical we have our most experienced Ministers leading the ongoing Covid response to keep New Zealanders safe from the virus and to accelerate our plan for economic recovery.”
Significantly for our region new appointments to Cabinet include my colleague and fellow Labour List MP, Hon Jan Tinetti, who was sworn in as the new Minister for Internal Affairs, Women’s Affairs and Associate Minister of Education.
Additionally, my colleague and the new Member for the East Coast Hon Kiritapu Allan whose whakapapa or ancestry is from Tauranga, becomes the new Minister for Conservation, Emergency Management, and Associate Minister for Environment, Arts, Culture and Heritage and the floods in Napier have seen her deploy immediately to the region in her new role as Minister.
Lastly, I also want to acknowledge Priyanca Radhakrishnan on her appointments who has been one of a core group of buddy MP’s from the class of 2017 that I have had the privilege of working alongside in the past term and who have been elevated to new positions within the 53rd Parliament.