What will happen in the shadow cabinet reshuffle?

Simon Bridges is the new National Party leader, and a cabinet reshuffle is on the horizon.

So, what could happen? Who will go up, and who will go down?

Here are my predictions:


Judith Collins – In the article I linked above, Bridges heavily praised Collins, and how she would make a “great attack dog.” Likely to get the Finance role.

Mark Mitchell – During the leadership contest, Mark raised his profile with the public and had a good try at the leadership. A possible contender for Foreign Affairs.

Jami-Lee Ross – At just 32 and already chief whip, giving him a major portfolio like Transport or Immigration would be a clear sign of the “generational change” that Bridges has talked about.


Gerry Brownlee – He’s been in the game for 21 years now, and was a part of the Key/English era that National will hope to shake off as they build towards the “Bridges era.” Most likely the unfortunate victim of generational change.

Chris Finlayson – Like Brownlee, a relic of the Key/English era. Also looks like generational change will force him to move over.

David Carter – There’s definitely a pattern with those who I am predicting to go down –  generational change. The same holds true for David Carter, as the former speaker of the house could well be pushed aside.

These are just my predictions though. I could well be (and probably am), well off the mark.



  1. Raoul Ketko

    And you’re OK about Nick Smith carrying on?? Really?

    Another possibility for Finance would be Amy Adams. She is one of the most able National members.



    1. dan (Post author)

      Well my opinions don’t matter as I attempt to be unbiased here, but I feel like Nick Smith may be spared, as he spoken of his loyalty to Bridges.

      I feel like Bridges may go with Collins as she is a very useful attack dog for National. She can constantly keep Labour on the defence, making her a useful asset for National if placed in a powerful position like Finance.


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