Prime Minister indicates a ministerial reshuffle

Prime Minister indicates a ministerial reshuffle

Prime Minister John Key has indicated there's likely to be some kind of ministerial reshuffle before next year's election.

"At some point there'll be retirements and things next year," he says. "It's likely there'll be one or two that'll be going but we're making our way through that."

He wouldn't name names or say whether those in line for the guillotine have been told yet.

So Newshub randomly asked ministers on their way into the National Party caucus meeting this morning whether they're planning to stick around.

Nick Smith - Environment Minister, Housing Minister

"My strong intention is to recontest the Nelson seat in the 2017 general election," he says.

"The issues about portfolios, they're totally decisions that rest with the Prime Minister.

Judith Collins - Police Minister, Corrections Minister

Is she one of the ministers who's told the prime minister she's leaving?

"What do you think? [...] Absolutely not," she says.

Bill English - Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister

Does he plan to stay on past next year's election?


Sam Lotu Iiga - Pacific Peoples Minister, Ethnic Communities Minister, Local Government Minister

Does he plan to stay on past next year's election?

"We look at those things as we go, you know, those are decisions I'll make with my family and some of my advisors in due course. But at this stage, yes," he says.

"That's a decision for the prime minister to make, and I, uh, I uh, don't obviously advise him on that. That's for him to make.

"I'm happy doing what I'm doing. I'm serving not just the National government but the people of New Zealand," he says.

Michael Woodhouse - Immigration Minister, Revenue Minister

"I've been accepted as the candidate for the Dunedin North electorate in the 2017 election, so yep, I'm sticking around," he says.

Jo Goodhew - Food Safety Minister, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister

Does she plan to stay on past next year's election?

"Yes, I am," she says.                    

"The conversations I have with the prime minister are private between us but I'm keen to continue in the roles I'm in at the moment," says Ms Goodhew.

Craig Foss - Veterans' Affairs Minister, Statistics Minister, Small Business Minister

"I'm confident in whatever the boss decides. I'm actually just outside Cabinet so we'll have to see how it goes," says Mr Foss.

"I love my ministerial portfolios, they're fantastic," he says.