OPINION: Most observers (OK, not David Seymour) will admit that Jacinda Ardern played a straight stick in lowering Clare Curran from Cabinet, after the last revelations she failed to explain a meeting with tech entrepreneur Derek Handley.
The move offers both a problem and an opportunity for the prime minister.
She has lost a woman from her cabinet; a problem for a leader who makes public statements about her desire to lift the number of women at the highest level of the government she is leading.
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Without Curran in the cabinet, however justified the decision is, the number of seven of the 21 ministers falls to six.
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The chance is there for her to ensure that it does not stay that way.
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Ardern announced on Friday that the delivered portfolios of Curran would be picked up by sitting ministers.
Megan Woods takes over Government Digital Services. The portfolio of Open Government goes to Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins.
There is another way.
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Meka Whaitiri, currently Secretary of Customs, Associate Minister of Agriculture, Associate Minister of Crown / Māori Relations and Associate Minister of Local Government, has a growing reputation as a good operator; smart, talented, worthy of more responsibility.
Raising Whaitiri from outside the cabinet to the inner circle could also open a room for rising women such as MP Kiri Allan. A new MP, she is nevertheless considered a bit of a rising star.
Of course, every rearrangement must look the least to keep the representation stable, in the hope that other talented women in the labor caucus – women who are so much more than just fillers – will be given new opportunities. as soon as they occur.