23 Sep 2013

Caucus jobs for Labour's Maori MPs

7:26 pm on 23 September 2013

Several Maori Labour MPs have secured good caucus positions under new leader David Cunliffe.

Mr Cunliffe became leader on September 15 after a two-week leadership contest with Shane Jones and Grant Robertson, and following former leader David Shearer's decision to step down.

Mr Cunliffe today announced his shadow cabinet, giving Mr Jones responsibility for economic development and Maori affairs.

Nanaia Mahuta leaves her associate education job but picks up treaty negotiations, as well as moving two places up the caucus rankings.

Louisa Wall becomes Labour's youth affairs spokesperson, taking her from being unranked to number 16 in the shadow line up.

As well, Rino Tirikatene will take the customs portfolio, as well as associate Maori affairs, while new MP Meka Whaitiri will be water issues spokesperson.