Shadow Cabinet of Norman Kirk

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Labour Members of Parliament in 1966

New Zealand political leader Norman Kirk assembled a "shadow cabinet" system amongst the Labour caucus following his elevation to become Leader of the Opposition in 1965. However, he found it challenging to avoid it being composed mainly of Auckland and Christchurch MPs.

As the Labour Party formed the largest party not in government, the frontbench team was as a result the Official Opposition of the New Zealand House of Representatives.

Frontbench team[edit]

The list below contains a list of Kirk's spokespeople and their respective roles:[1]

Rank Shadow Minister Portfolio/s
1 Norman Kirk Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs
2 Hon Hugh Watt Deputy Leader
Shadow Minister of Works
Shadow Minister of Electricity
3 Bob Tizard Shadow Minister of Finance
4 Norman Douglas Shadow Minister of Labour
Shadow Minister of Immigration
5 Matiu Rata Shadow Minister of Maori Affairs
Shadow Minister of Fishiries
Shadow Minister of Forests
6 Norman King Shadow Minister of Welfare
7 Warren Freer Shadow Minister of Commerce
Shadow Minister of Trade & Industries
8 Phil Amos Shadow Minister of Education
Shadow Minister of Science
Shadow Minister of Arts
9 Arthur Faulkner Shadow Minister of Defence
10 Martyn Finlay Shadow Minister of Justice
Shadow Minister of Police
11 Bill Fraser Shadow Minister of Housing
Shadow Postmaster General
12 Colin Moyle Shadow Minister of Agriculture
Shadow Minister of Lands
13 Stanley Whitehead Shadow Minister of Internal Affairs
Shadow Minister of Local Government
14 Hon Jock Mathison Shadow Minister of Transport
Shadow Minister of Marine
Shadow Minister of Railways
Shadow Minister of Tourism
15 Ethel McMillan Shadow Minister of Health
16 Joe Walding Shadow Minister of the Environment
Shadow Minister of Conservation

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Grant 2014, pp. 152.

References[edit]

  • Grant, David (2014). The Mighty Totara: The life and times of Norman Kirk. Auckland: Random House. ISBN 9781775535799.