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Labour announces cabinet

PM-elect Jacinda Ardern has announced the ministerial line-up inside and outide of cabinet, with few real surprises in the mix.

Winston Peters will take on the Deputy PM and Foreign Affairs roles he’s previously held along with Racing – embarrassing though it is that a country feels the need for a Minister for Racing.
“We have the ability to make a difference,” Ardern said, making the announcements. She will head the Arts portfolio (as Labour’s last PM did), with Grant Robertson and Carmel Sepuloni named Associate Minsiters for Arts and Culture and Heritage.

Broadcasting makes a bit of a return, not as its own portfolio but at least acknowledged by name in the Broadcasting, Communications, and Digital Media portfolio, which will be handled by Clare Curran, who was for several years Labour’s spokesperson on broadcasting matters.



As the incoming government begins to lay out its legislative agenda, changes for arts and broadcasting may become clear, but the clearest signs likely won’t come until the Labour-led government’s first budget.

the full list of Ministerial appointments is here.