Bill English reveals new Cabinet, without Minister of Housing

Paula Bennett has taken on John Key's former role as Minister of Tourism, as well as picking up the Police and Women portfolios.

Prime Minister Bill English made the announcement in Wellington on Sunday afternoon, revealing his new Cabinet for the post-John Key era.

In a surprise move, the position of Minister of Housing has been disestablished, with Mr English saying the issue will be covered by Nick Smith (Construction) and Amy Adams, who'll take over Social Housing from Ms Bennett.

The decision was certainly a surprise to one person, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, who was unaware of the reshuffle when Newshub called on Sunday afternoon. 

Mr Goff, speaking from Brisbane, initially didn't believe the news, which he called "unprecedented". 

"That's bizarre," he said.

"There's always a Housing Minister."

Mr Goff has agreed to speak with Newshub again after a briefing with his team in Council. 

As expected Steven Joyce takes over as Minister of Finance, as well as picking up Mr English's former Infrastructure portfolio.

Hekia Parata will remain Minister of Education, but only until May 1. Murray McCully will keep his Foreign Affairs portfolio until then also. Both aren't standing for reelection next year.

It's expected Nikki Kaye will take over Education, health permitting. Mr McCully's successor has not been announced.

Simon Bridges takes on Mr Joyce's Economic Development role, as well as Communications and Associate Minister of Finance. He will remain Minister of Transport. He also gets a promotion up the list to number five. 

Police isn't the only portfolio Judith Collins has lost, with Corrections going to Louise Upston, who passes her Women portfolio to Ms Bennett.

Ms Collins, who briefly went for the leadership last week, has been dropped from 14 to 16 on the list.

Jo Goodhew has lost her ministerial portfolios.

Paul Goldsmith has moved into Cabinet, taking on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, as well as Science and Innovation.

Alfred Ngaro's promotion to number 21 sees him pick up Pacific Peoples, Associate Minister for Children and Associate Minister for Housing.

The new ministers

Mark Mitchell entered Parliament in 2011, replacing Lockwood Smith as the MP for Rodney. He is married to Peggy Bourne, the widow of rally driver Possum Bourne.

His grandfather Frank Gill was a Cabinet minister in Rob Muldoon's government (Health, Immigration, Police, Defence). He opposed same-sex marriage.

Alfred Ngaro became an MP in 2011, entering through National's list. He was the first ever Cook Islander to become a New Zealand MP. He is a trained electrician, and studied theology, which later saw him become pastor of the Tamaki Community Church. He opposed same-sex marriage.

He once allegedly punched a Tamaki College teacher for not bowing his head during a prayer.

Newshub.

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