McAnulty promoted in Govt reshuffle

Wairarapa MP becomes minister outside Cabinet

Steve Carle





The Cabinet reshuffle on June 13 has brought an elevation for Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty, who will become a minister outside Cabinet. In one stroke, gone were the Ministers of Police, Immigration, Broadcasting and Justice. Also included in the announcement was the departure of Speaker of the House, Trevor Mallard. Herald gallery correspondent Thomas Coughlan points out that Jacinda Ardern will be hoping this reshuffle focuses the eyes of the electorate and her caucus on the future. McAnulty, a former bookie, will enjoy the racing portfolio, but as a rural MP with the associate local government portfolio he’ll have his work cut out for him selling the Three Waters reforms to rural New Zealand, where they are particularly unpopular. McAnulty will become Minister for Emergency Management, Associate Minister of Local Government and Transport and Deputy Leader of the House. McAnulty said although the roles meant he would need to spend more time in Wellington, he was still committed to spending time in the electorate.