Jacinda Ardern to choose new Cabinet Friday night

  • 20/10/2017

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern will face her first major task as the leader of the next Government on Friday - choosing her Cabinet.

They're the people she'll most rely on as she navigates the responsibilities that come with being Prime Minister.

The Cabinet will include not only her own MPs, but also four NZ First ministers, positions secured in the deal that allowed the two parties to form a coalition Government.

Three portfolios will also be reserved for Green Party MPs, who will sit outside Cabinet.

Decisions will be made at a caucus meeting on Friday afternoon.

The full Government deal is expected to be finalised by Friday evening, meaning policy gains and concessions will start to be revealed.

Some policy positions have already been revealed - Labour will retain both its KiwiBuild housing plan and its immigration proposal.

Ms Ardern indicated Labour's position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership - seeking changes to the original agreement before signing a new TPP11 deal - also remains the same.

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