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Leisure portfolios on front bench in New Zealand’s new Government

Leisure portfolios on front bench in New Zealand’s new Government
October 25, 2017

Key leisure industry portfolios including sport and recreation, tourism, the arts and environment will be represented in the Cabinet announced by incoming New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Under its coalition deal with Labour, New Zealand First has been allocated 13 portfolios among four ministers, including regional development, defence, infrastructure and forestry while The Greens will hold the climate change and conservation portfolios, as well as associate finance, transport and health.

Prime Minister Ardern confirmed today that the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters will be her Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

She also announced that as well as Arts, Culture and Heritage she would take the new role of Minister for Child Poverty Reduction.

Key leisure roles see Grant Robertson named Minister for Sport and Recreation as well as is Minister of Finance.

Labour's Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis, a previous tourism spokesperson for Labour, has been named Minister for Tourism whil also taking on a newly created role - Minister for Crown/Māori relations, looking ahead to a post-Treaty of Waitangi negotiations environment.

Welcoming Minister Davis' taking on the tourism portfolio, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) acting Chief Executive Steve Hanrahan explained it was fitting that senior, front bench Minister would be taking on the role, reflecting the importance of the industry to growing New Zealand’s economy.

Hanrahan stated "we look forward to working with Mr Davis to progress the incoming Government’s priority of regional development.

"Tourism is the only industry that creates businesses and provides jobs in every part of the country, often in areas where few other opportunities exist."

TIA’s election manifesto, Tourism for Tomorrow, set out 29 priority actions to supercharge tourism’s success and support the industry to reach its Tourism 2025 goal of growing total tourism revenue to $41 billion a year.

Hanrahan added "we know the boom in tourism has created opportunities for business and employment in many regions but it has also placed pressure on the infrastructure in some popular regional destinations and on the public conservation estate. We look forward to working with the new Government on addressing infrastructure funding issues and ways to maximise the economic benefits of tourism to New Zealand.

“We will be discussing immigration settings with Minister Davis and also new Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway, to ensure tourism employers are able to secure quality staff when no suitable New Zealanders are available.”

TIA is welcoming the new $1 billion a year Regional Development Fund, and the promise of increased funding for the Department of Conservation.

TIA has invited Minister Davis to speak at Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington on 14th November, which will be his first significant opportunity to address a tourism industry audience.

New Zealand's new cabinet:

Jacinda Ardern: Prime Minister, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage; National Security and Intelligence; Child Poverty Reduction
Winston Peters (NZ First): Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs; State Owned Enterprises; Racing
Kelvin Davis: Minister for Crown/Māori Relations; Corrections; Tourism; Associate Minister of Education (Māori ed)
Grant Robertson: Minister of Finance (incl regulatory reform); Sport and Recreation; Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage
Phil Twyford: Minister of Housing and Urban Development; Transport
Megan Woods: Minister of Energy and Resources; Greater Christchurch Regeneration; Research, Science and Innovation; Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission
Chris Hipkins: Minister of Education; State Services; Leader of the House; Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services
Andrew Little: Minister of Justice; Courts; Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations; Minister Responsible for the GCSB; NZSIS; Pike River Re-entry
Carmel Sepuloni: Minister for Social Development; Disability Issues. Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage; Pacific Peoples
David Clark: Minister of Health; Associate Minister of Finance
David Parker: Attorney-General; Minister for Economic Development; Environment; Trade and Export Growth; Associate Minister of Finance
Nanaia Mahuta: Minister for Māori Development; Local Government; Associate Minister for the Environment
Stuart Nash: Minister of Police; Fisheries; Revenue; Small Business
Iain Lees-Galloway: Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety; Immigration; ACC; Deputy Leader of the House
Jenny Salesa: Minister for Building and Construction; Ethnic Communities; Associate Minister of Education; Health; Housing and Urban Development
Damien O'Connor: Minister of Agriculture; Biosecurity; Food Safety; Rural Communities; Associate Minister of Trade and Export Growth
Clare Curran: Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media; Government Digital Services; Associate Minister for ACC; State Services (Open Government)
Ron Mark (NZ First): Minister of Defence; Veterans
Tracey Martin (NZ First): Minister for Children; Internal Affairs; Seniors; Associate Minister of Education
Shane Jones (NZ First): Minister of Forestry; Infrastructure; Regional Economic Development; Associate Minister of Finance; Transport

MINISTERS OUTSIDE CABINET
Kris Faafoi: Minister of Civil Defence; Commerce and Consumer Affairs; Associate Minister of Immigration
Peeni Henare: Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector; Whānau Ora; Youth; Associate Minister for Social Development
Willie Jackson: Minister of Employment; Associate Minister for Māori Development
Aupito William Sio: Minister for Pacific Peoples; Associate Minister for Courts; Justice
Meka Whaitiri: Minister of Customs; Associate Minister of Agriculture; Associate Minister for Crown/Māori Relations; Associate Minister of Local Government

SUPPORT PARTY MINISTERS
James Shaw (Greens): Minister for Climate Change; Statistics; Associate Minister of Finance
Julie Anne Genter (Greens): Minister for Women; Associate Minister of Health; Transport
Eugenie Sage (Greens): Minister of Conservation; Land Information; Associate Minister for the Environment

PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARIES
Michael Wood: Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities
Fletcher Tabuteau (NZ First): Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Regional Economic Development
Jan Logie (Greens): Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice (Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues) 

19th September 2017 - NEW ZEALAND’S MAJOR PARTIES QUIZZED ON EXERCISE AND FITNESS

15th September 2017 - NEW ZEALAND POLITICAL PARTIES ANSWER KEY QUESTIONS ON OUTDOOR RECREATION 

6th September 2017 - TOURISM TAX ON THE AGENDA IN NEW ZEALAND ELECTION

26th July 2017 - NEW ZEALAND’S FITNESS PROMOTION NEEDS TO MOVE BEYOND SLOGANS 

18th July 2017 - PRESSURE ON AS FRESHWATER RESCUE PLAN GAINS SUPPORT 

2nd December 2016 - NEW ZEALAND TOURISM LEADERS PROPOSE NEW $130 MILLION TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE FUND 

13th October 2016 - TIA WELCOMES PRO-TOURISM MAYORS

26th May 2016 - RECREATION AND TOURISM INDUSTRY GROUPS CONCERN OVER NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT’S CUTS 

18th February 2015 - NEW ZEALAND MOVES FORWARD WITH GREEN PRESCRIPTIONS 

3rd December 2014 - REPORT IDENTIFIES GROWTH IN PERSONAL TRAINING LED BY RISING LEVELS OF HEALTH CONSCIOUSNESS


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