Simon Bridges

Jumps from No 9 to No 5 and picks up Steven Joyce's empire, Economic Development, and Associate Finance. Joins the informal kitchen cabinet.

Amy Adams

Small jump in ranking but huge increase in responsibility taking over social housing from Paula Bennett , state housing from Bill English, and responsibility for social investment, and Associate Finance. Joins the informal kitchen cabinet.


Nikki Kaye

English has foreshadowed her big promotion to Education Minister in May when Hekia Parata leaves.

Michael Woodhouse

Massive jump from No 17 to No 9 in ranking and takes on ACC as well as keeping Immigration and Workplace Relations.

Paul Goldsmith

Has moved inside cabinet from outside and been given Steven Joyce's package of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and Science and Innovation.

Louise Upston

Promoted to cabinet from outside cabinet and takes Corrections from Judith Collins.


Alfred Ngaro

Huge leap from the backbench where he chaired the social services select committee, straight into cabinet to take over Sam Lotu-Iga's portfolios.

Mark Mitchell

New Minister outside cabinet. Moves from backbench, where he chaired foreign affairs committee. Light workload.

Jacqui Dean

New Minister of commerce and consumer affairs outside cabinet. Elected 2005 and worked closely with English as Waitaki MP.

David Bennett

New minister outside cabinet and former chair of finance and expenditure committee. Elected 2005. One of National's few farmers.

Jo Goodhew. Photo / File
Jo Goodhew. Photo / File


Jo Goodhew

Dumped altogether from outside of cabinet to backbench. Rangitata MP made no blunders as Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector. But "adequate" is not enough to keep a job.

Judith Collins

Drops two places to No 16 and loses Police and Corrections, but as a former tax lawyer, will not be unhappy with Revenue and Energy and Resources.

Nick Smith

Drops 3 places to No 15 but keeps all his former responsibilties, Environment, and Building and Construction.​