Earlier this week National announced the appointment of new ministerial portfolios following the departure of Bill English as leader and the appointment of Simon Bridges as the new head of the opposition.
The reshuffle saw Papakura MP Judith Collins move to fourth on the list and acquire the role of Minister for Housing and Urban Development.
Along with this we saw the appointment of a new senior whip and spokesperson for transport and infrastructure. Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross was promoted to the role seeing a boost to his political career.
“Seven years ago today in 2011 National won the Botany by-election. I was fortunate to be the candidate on the ballot paper.
Now in 2018, three leaders later, I’ve moved up to chief whip, I have a great electorate team behind me, and I’m still loving the job,” says Ross.
Ross is the third Maori MP to acquire a top seat on the new list alongside leader Simon Bridges and Deputy Paula Bennett.