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Announcing a cabinet

Announcing a cabinet

Prime Minister John Key announces his new cabinet to a large media contingent on 17 November 2008. Depending on the party, ministers may be chosen by the prime minister, elected by the party caucus, or selected through a mix of both approaches. The prime minister decides the relative power and responsibilities of ministers by assigning portfolios and occasionally reshuffles cabinet in response to changed circumstances.

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Chris Eichbaum, 'Cabinet government - Ministers and prime ministers in cabinet', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Chris Eichbaum, published 20 Jun 2012