The Green Party has announced a reshuffle of non-Ministerial portfolio responsibilities following the election of Marama Davidson as Co-leader, with Davidson taking on more significant portfolios and the promotion of other MPs outside the Executive.
“The new Green portfolios and Caucus positions reflect our Ministers and MPs strengths and talents and will increase our ability to achieve transformative change while upholding our independent Green voice,” said Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson.
“I’m proud to have taken on the Water, Children and Economic Development portfolios which will ensure I am leading on core Green issues across environmental, economic and social areas.
“As the spokesperson for Māori Development, Pacific Peoples and Ethnic and Rural Communities I will also lead our outreach work to grow the Greens support in diverse communities and broaden our demographic base.
“We have used this opportunity to appoint our Musterer (Whip) Gareth Hughes as the Caucus Strategist, a role left vacant since the departure of Kevin Hague from Parliament, and Chlöe Swarbrick as the new Deputy Musterer.
“Gareth is the longest serving MP in our current caucus, and his extensive experience in strategy and campaigning will be invaluable in helping to coordinate our parliamentary work.
“James and I have worked with the caucus to make changes to ensure we are working most effectively and strategically as a team and are making the most of unique position as a Government support party outside Cabinet.”
Other portfolio changes include Ministers Julie-Anne Genter and Eugenie Sage taking on the non-ministerial portfolios of Urban Development and Auckland Issues, and Internal Affairs and Civil Defence, respectively.
Chlöe Swarbrick takes on a newly established portfolios of Drug Law Reform, following on from her work on medicinal cannabis, and Open and Accessible Government, which will use her extensive experience in engaging disaffected young people in the political system. Golriz Ghahraman picks up the Disability portfolio from Davidson.