25 June 2019
Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges has today announced a reshuffle of the National Caucus.
“Paul Goldsmith will become the spokesperson for Finance and Infrastructure following today’s announcement from Amy
Adams that she will leave at the next election.
“Paul is the natural choice for the Finance role. He has done an outstanding job holding the Government to account in
the Economic and Regional Development portfolio.
“Regional and Economic Development will now be split across two spokespeople. Todd McClay will look after Economic
Development, while Chris Bishop will take over the Regional Development and Transport portfolios.
“Chris has done a brilliant job as spokesperson for Police and deserves to take on more responsibility.
“Jo Hayes has been appointed the spokesperson for Māori Development and Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations following the
departure of Nuk Korako. Jo is a passionate advocate for Māori.
“Gerry Brownlee will pick up the Foreign Affairs portfolio, Brett Hudson will take on the Police portfolio and Tim
Macindoe will become the Shadow Attorney-General.
“Other changes include Michael Woodhouse as the Associate Finance spokesperson, Maggie Barry taking over the Disability
Issues portfolio, Stuart Smith will be the spokesperson for Immigration, Todd Muller will be the spokesperson for
Forestry, Nicola Willis will take on the Youth portfolio and our newest MP Paulo Garcia will become the Associate
Foreign Affairs spokesperson.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank both Amy Adams and Alastair Scott for their valuable contributions to
the National Party and Parliament. Amy was a brilliant Minister across a range of portfolios. The changes she made to
domestic violence laws as Justice Minister have made families in New Zealand safer. Amy has excelled as our Finance
spokesperson and has been an outstanding member for Selwyn.
“Alastair should be proud of the work he has done to prevent drug driving, and for the way he has represented and
advocated for the people of Wairarapa. I’m pleased they will be here for the rest of the term to help us form policies
for the 2020 election.
“National is the largest and most effective Opposition this country has ever seen. I’m proud to lead such a talented and