New primary industries minister

Last updated 12:10 23/01/2013
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The sector that drives the nation's economy is getting a new minister.

The new Primary Industries Minister will be Immigration Minister Nathan Guy, who replaces David Carter.

Carter will cease to be a minister from January 29, and will be the Government's nominee for Parliament's speaker.

Guy will take on his new portfolio on January 31. He is the MP for Otaki, and the Associate Minister for Justice and Transport.

He was involved in farming and local government before entering Parliament, including managing the family dairy farm. He was previously awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study beef exports to the United States.

Federated Farmers welcomed Guy's appointment. "We know that as a farmer himself, he will really understand and work well for agriculture and all other primary industries in this country,'' president Bruce Wills said.

The new Associate Minister for Primary Industries will be Jo Goodhew, who is Community and Voluntary Sector Minister, as well as Minister for Senior Citizens and Women's Affairs.

Among other Cabinet changes of interest to the rural sector, Nikki Kaye will be Food Safety Minister, and Chris Tremain will be Local Government Minister. Simon Bridges will take on the labour, and energy and resources portfolios.

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