Top Shows

Contact ONE News

Peter Dunne looks forward to 'picking up the threads'

Published: 5:18PM Tuesday January 21, 2014 Source: ONE News

United Future leader Peter Dunne is welcoming his return to Cabinet seven months after he was forced to resign amid allegations he leaked a confidential document.

Mr Dunne has been appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation, Prime Minister John Key announced in Wellington this afternoon.

"I am very much looking forward to returning to the Internal Affairs portfolio, which I last held 18 years ago, and to picking up the threads again of my roles in the Health and Conservation portfolios," Mr Dunne said.

He says he has worked well with the National-led government since 2008 and he is pleased the Prime Minister has acknowledged that today.

Mr Dunne resigned from his role as revenue minister in June last year after refusing to fully cooperate with an inquiry into how a Fairfax reporter Andrea Vance was leaked a confidential report into the conduct of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

He refused to release unedited email correspondence claiming he was not willing to compromise his belief that citizens should be able to communicate with their elected representatives in confidence.

Despite his past, the Prime Minister today said he trusts Mr Dunne as a minister and with private documents.

"I've always had a good working relationship with Peter Dunne," said Mr Key.

"He's a very reliable minister and a very reliable partner."

Further adjustments to the cabinet line-up were also announced today.

Paula Bennett will pick up the role of Minister of Local Government, in addition to her current portfolio responsibilities.

Michael Woodhouse will be promoted to the vacancy in Cabinet, and will retain all of his current responsibilities.

The new Minister outside Cabinet will be Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, who will be appointed Minister of Pacific Island Affairs and Associate Minister of Local Government. Mr Lotu-liga is the MP for Maungakiekie and was first elected to Parliament 2008.

In other changes, Todd McClay will take up the role of Associate Tourism.

Internal Affairs and Local Government Minister Chris Tremain, who has announced his intention to retire from Parliament at the upcoming general election, will be resigning from the Ministry.

The Governor-General will swear in the new Ministers next Tuesday.