New ministers sworn in at Government House

Dame Patsy Reddy welcomed top-ranked National MPs to Government House this morning for the official swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Bill English's new ministerial line up.

Former backbenchers Alfred Ngaro, Mark Mitchell, David Bennett and Jacqui Dean have become ministers for the first time. 

Jacqui Dean will become a minister for the first time
Jacqui Dean, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Small Business (Newshub)
Mark Mitchell is Minister for Land Information and Minister for Statistics
Mark Mitchell is Minister for Land Information and Minister for Statistics (Newshub)

Steven Joyce has been officiated as Finance Minister, along with a reshuffle of portfolios for existing ministers, including Paula Bennett taking on Police and Women, and Louise Upston taking Corrections from Judith Collins.

Alfred Ngaro is Minister for Pacific Peoples and Minister for the Comunity and Voluntary Sector
Alfred Ngaro is Minister for Pacific Peoples and Minister for the Comunity and Voluntary Sector (Newshub)

This is the first Government executive that Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy has officiated, after being sworn in to the role in September.

"You're here because of your talent and energy, enjoy it" Mr English told the new line up.

Prime Minister Bill English's new cabinet
Mr English's cabinet met for the first time on Tuesday afternoon (Newshub)

Mr English's first Cabinet meeting as Prime Minister took place after the ceremony.

Newshub.

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