Labour announces shadow Cabinet reshuffle

Labour leader Andrew Little has made some "pretty modest" changes to his shadow Cabinet in Friday's reshuffle.

The changes follow the departure of Phil Goff, the impending retirements of David Cunliffe and David Shearer, and the arrival of new Mt Roskill MP Michael Wood.

Mr Wood will be the spokesperson for Consumer Affairs, Ethnic Communities and Revenue.

Chris Hipkins will add Tertiary Education to his existing duties, taking over from Mr Cunliffe.

Mr Hipkins will step down from the Senior Whip role, with Kris Faafoi nominated to replace him.

David Parker will take over Foreign Affairs from David Shearer, who is leaving to take up a role with the United Nations.

Mr Little says Mr Parker is "a very senior member of caucus, widely respected, and brings an intellectual grunt to a portfolio that needs it".

Stuart Nash will be given State-Owned Enterprises, and will be the new spokesperson for Innovation, Science, and Research and Development.

Iain Lees-Galloway will be the new Defence spokesperson.

Megan Woods adds State Services to her duties, while Clare Curran will take over ICT and also move into the shadow Cabinet.

Mr Little says Ms Curran "was on the cusp anyway" and space had become available in the shadow Cabinet with a number of MPs leaving.

Mr Little has also created a new portfolio called the New Economy.

He says the portfolio will "develop our plans for the real challenge our country faces which is future wealth creation, so we can maintain our standard of living, make sure that jobs are there for people and that investment in their skills and training is made".

"I'm pretty pleased with where everybody is at" Mr Little says, and he "didn't see the need for wholesale change".