Politics

Bridges back in shadow cabinet

Todd Muller has retained Māori representation in his shadow cabinet through a minor reshuffle involving the National party's former leader

A National party caucus reshuffle has seen Simon Bridges brought back into shadow cabinet just over a month after he was deposed as leader.

Whangarei MP Shane Reti has been elevated four places to 13 in the caucus rankings and will take on the associate Drug Reform portfolio in addition to his Tertiary, Skills and Employment, Treaty of Waitangi and associate Health portfolios.

National Party leader Todd Muller said the "minor" reshuffle was prompted by the retirement of Paula Bennett this week.

"Shane has demonstrated a huge intellect and capacity for work, supporting Michael Woodhouse in our Covid-19 response, as well as achieving much in the Education portfolio."

Bridges will take on the Foreign Affairs portfolio and be ranked at Reti's former position of 17.

"He expressed a desire for this portfolio and his experience will be valuable in this important role," Muller said.

Muller was heavily criticised for the lack of ethnic diversity in his cabinet shortly after he announced his shadow cabinet lineup at the end of May.

The reshuffle means the National's shadow cabinet retains the same level of Māori representation it had prior to Bennett's departure. 

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