ANZASW Response to Cabinet Announcement
ANZASW is pleased to respond to Monday’s (2 November 2020) Cabinet announcement and offers our congratulations to the Prime Minister on the appointments made.
ANZASW is delighted at the diversity represented across the new Cabinet and strongly believes that the cabinet selected represents the diversity of the New Zealand that elected it.
Of special interest to us are the appointments of Kelvin Davis who was given the role of Minister for Children, with responsibility for Oranga Tamariki, Poto Williams will be Associate Minister for Children as well as Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing). Carmel Sepuloni will remain on as Minister for Social Development. Peeni Henare, will be Minister of Whānau Ora and Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing). The Prime Minister will remain as Child Poverty Reduction Minister. Andrew Little was appointed Minister of Health.
As announced over the weekend, Marama Davidson will act as a Co-operation agreement Minister in the role of Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence as well as Associate Minister for Housing (Homelessness).
This is a limited list of the relevant Ministers, a full list of the new Ministers and the appointments can be found: https://www.scribd.com/document/482507295/Ministerial-List#from_embed
ANZASW is hopeful that the new Cabinet represents a significant shift in the welfare system of Aotearoa. We remain confident that necessary and significant change will be made around issues of poverty, minimum wages, benefit rates, housing supply, and family and sexual violence.
Over the next week, ANZASW will be submitting our Briefing to Incoming Ministers to highlight the critical role that social work plays in maintaining and improving the health and wellbeing of some of Aotearoa’s most vulnerable groups.