The Huddle: National's shadow cabinet and Auckland's rates increase

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 16 Jul 2020, 7:51PM
National Party leader Judith Collins has reshuffled her shadow cabinet. (Photo / Mark Mitchell)

The Huddle: National's shadow cabinet and Auckland's rates increase

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 16 Jul 2020, 7:51PM

National leader Judith Collins has made her stamp on the party by announcing her new shadow cabinet.

She holds the portfolios of National Security, while her deputy, Gerry Brownlee, holds the SIS, GCSB and Covid recovery.

Paul Goldsmith will retain the finance portfolio, while former leader Simon Bridges returns to the front bench with Foreign Affairs and Justice.

However, her announcement was overshadowed by announcements from Amy Adams and Nikki Kaye that they would be retiring from politics at the election. 

Meanwhile, Auckland Council has approved its emergency budget.

Councillors have voted in favour of a 3.5 per cent rates rise, in an effort to reduce a $750 million hole in the budget.

It means average household rates will increase 4.4 per cent.

The Council is also looking into selling $244 million worth of properties and long-term car park concessions.

Mayor Phil Goff says the fall-out from Covid- 19 is the biggest challenge any Auckland Council has ever encountered.