Clayton Cosgrove has kept his position in Labour's shadow cabinet despite being a known opponent of new leader David Cunliffe.
Unveiling his new-look lineup this afternoon, Cunliffe stayed true to his pledge not to favour his supporters.
Labour MPs, including Annette King, and Clayton Cosgrove, who were known to oppose Cunliffe have retained their high rankings with King keeping her health portfolio.
Cosgrove has retained his roles with state-owned enterprises, commerce, and the Earthquake Commission. He will also be an associate finance spokesman under deputy leader David Parker.
Chris Hipkins, who was demoted as chief whip last week, retains education.
"Clayton Cosgrove and Chris Hipkins are both proven performers with a track record of landing hits in their current portfolios. I know they will continue to expose the Government and shine a light on its failings," Cunliffe said.
Meanwhile, Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson has retained her earthquake recovery portfolio along with disability issues, senior citizens, conservation and land information.
However, Wigram MP Megan Woods has lost the tertiary education portfolio.
Woods was playing up her change in portfolios - she loses tertiary education to former deputy leader Grant Robertson but will be associate spokesperson in that role. She gained the new portfolios of innovation, research and development and will also work on Christchurch-specific education and transport issues.
Despite her change of role pushing her outside the shadow cabinet, Woods said she was "really pleased'' to have been given the new innovation and 'excited'' to be able to tackle education and transport issues in Christchurch.
Getting a seat around a Labour-led Cabinet table was "certainly my aim'' next year, she said.
"I've only been an MP for about two years so to have been given such responsibility is really pleasing.''
Some had expected Cosgrove may have been demoted for not backing Cunliffe in the past but he now sits at seven on the shadow cabinet list and was "very honoured' to have retained his Earthquake Commission responsibilities.
He said the new lineup was "extremely strong team'' and had a good mix of experienced performers and a chance for newer faces to shine.
CUNLIFFE RESHUFFLE 'BASED ON MERIT'
As expected, Cunliffe established a "beefed up" economic team. This will be led by Deputy Leader David Parker in finance and includes Shane Jones in economic development and Grant Robertson in employment, skills and training.
Changes include Jacinda Ardern being stripped of the social development portfolio, but picking up police corrections in addition to the arts, culture and heritage portfolio.
New Chief Whip Sue Moroney, who was ranked 10th on the new list and promoted to Cunliffe's front bench, was awarded social development.
Former leader David Shearer is the new foreign affairs spokesman, replacing Phil Goff, and picks up the energy and resources portfolio. He was ranked at 13.
Goff maintained defence and is also shadow minister for trade, ethnic affairs and veterans affairs. He will assist Shearer in foreign affairs as his associate.
Louisa Wall has also jumped up the rankings to number 16 and has the youth affairs and community and voluntary sector portfolios and is tagged an associate in several others.
Dunedin South MP Clare Curran drops out of the shadow cabinet, losing several portfolios including broadcasting, which went to Kris Faafoi.
Cunliffe described his team as a "formidable fighting unit, and this reshuffle will sharpen our attack as we build to the 2014 election".
"This is a lineup based on merit. We have just one short year until the next election, and we need our top performers leading policy development and taking the fight to National.
"This is a lineup of talent, intellect and integrity. It is a team of heavy-hitters that is refreshed and raring to go," Cunliffe said.
1 - David Cunliffe Leader, Security and Intelligence, Regional Development, ICT
2 - David Parker Deputy Leader, Finance, Attorney-General
3 - Grant Robertson Shadow Leader of the House, Employment, Skills and Training, Tertiary Education, Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage
4 - Annette King Health
5 - Shane Jones Economic Development, Maori Affairs, Forestry, Building and Construction, Associate Fisheries, Associate Finance
6 - Jacinda Ardern Children, Police, Corrections, Arts, Culture and Heritage
7 - Clayton Cosgrove SOEs, Commerce, Earthquake Commission, Associate Finance
8 - Chris Hipkins Education, Early Childhood Education
9 - Nanaia Mahuta Treaty Negotiations, Maori Development (post settlement issues), Associate Regional Development, Associate Innovation, Research and Development
10 - Sue Moroney Senior Whip, Social Development
11 - Phil Twyford Housing, Auckland Issues, Associate Environment (Cities)
12 - Maryan Street State Services, Associate Foreign Affairs (ODA/Human Rights), Disarmament and Arms Control, Caucus Secretary (nominee)
13 - David Shearer Foreign Affairs, Energy and Resources
14 - Su'a William Sio Pacific Island Affairs, Local Government, Interfaith Dialogue, Associate Social Development
15 - Phil Goff Defence, Trade, Ethnic Affairs, Veterans' Affairs, Associate Foreign Affairs
16 - Louisa Wall Youth Affairs, Community and Voluntary Sector, Associate Social Development, Associate Auckland Issues (South Auckland), Associate Sport and Recreation
17 - Andrew Little Justice, Labour
18 - Moana Mackey Environment, Climate Change, Associate Health, Science
19 - Damien O'Connor Primary Industries, Fisheries, Biosecurity, Food Safety
20 - David Clark Revenue, Small Business, Associate Finance, Associate Health
21 - Iain Lees-Galloway Junior Whip, ACC, Associate Health
22 - Kris Faafoi Broadcasting, Associate ICT, Associate Pacific Island Affairs
23 - Carol Beaumont Women's Affairs - Consumer Rights and Standards, Associate Labour, Assistant Whip
24 - Megan Woods Innovation, Research and Development, Associate Transport, Associate Tertiary Education, Associate Education (Christchurch)
25 -Darien Fenton Transport, Tourism, Associate Labour, Associate Immigration, Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage
-Ross Robertson Assistant Speaker, Racing, Associate Disarmament and Arms Control
-Trevor Mallard Internal Affairs (including Ministerial Services), Sport and Recreation, America's Cup, Associate Finance
-Ruth Dyson Conservation, Senior Citizens, Disability Issues, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Land Information
-Clare CurranCivil Defence and Emergency Management, Open Government, Associate Regional Development, Associate ICT, Associate Economic Development (Procurement)
-Rajen Prasad Immigration, Associate Ethnic Affairs, Associate Social Development (CYFS)
-Raymond Huo Statistics, Associate Ethnic Affairs, Associate Education (Export Education), Associate Justice, Associate Building and Construction
-Rino Tirikatene Customs, Associate Maori Affairs, Associate Forestry, Associate Small Business
-Meka Whaitiri Water, Associate Regional Development, Associate Local Government, Associate Primary Industries
- © Fairfax NZ News
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