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List of Labour reshuffle

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Fuseworks Media

Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Labour reshuffle:

The good:

Charles Chauvel -- moves to the front bench and picks up environment, drops energy

Said he was "very pleased" but declined to comment further.

Nanaia Mahuta -- moves front bench and picks up energy and associate law and order

She said the Labour Party was "a team" and was a "whole package" despite the reshuffle.

"We've got some big tasks ahead of us, we're fixed on the big game and we won't be distracted."

Grant Robertson -- moves to the second row and picks up tertiary education.

Said he was also to pick up tertiary education, which was not in the strongest state.

"There are lots of issues in tertiary education and I'm not sure National has really got a plan for that area, so I'm looking forward to taking (minister Steven Joyce) on."

Maryan Street -- picks up foreign affairs, drops tertiary education

Said she was "delighted" to be taking on the foreign affairs portfolio, but sad about the circumstances.

"It is a good fit with trade and I'm looking forward to doing it justice."

Darren Hughes -- picks up infrastructure

Said his new portfolio was a "feature of the fact that there's been a reshuffle in our caucus".

"I won't be shouting morning tea this morning anyway, put it that way."

New members of the caucus coming through was good for the party, he said.

Stuart Nash -- picks up forestry.

David Parker -- picks up economic development, drops conservation.

He declined to comment.

The bad:

Shane Jones -- loses environment and economic development.

Said he was fronting up to his colleagues today.

"To those with new roles I say to them kia kaha."

Mita Ririnui -- loses forestry

Said in hindsight buying a bike and golf clubs with his ministerial card was not a good idea.

His demotion was a call the Labour leader Phil Goff "must make" under the circumstances.

Chris Carter -- loses foreign affairs but picks up conservation.

He has issued a public apology made assurances he is embarrassed and contrite over the issue.

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