Marama Davidson – we note – is not one of three Ministers who will take care of Kiri Allan’s portfolios while the well regarded Labour politician takes leave of absence to be treated for cancer.
Pity. Being given one of the three acting positions might have enabled Davidson to issue more press statements, lifting the number from the grand total of four in her name on the Beehive website.
Kiri Allan, the Minister of Conservation and Emergency Management and Associate Minister for Arts and Culture, has issued four statements since March 21. Her tally since she became a minister after the 2020 general election is 30.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today Allan is taking a leave of absence while she undergoes medical treatment for cervical cancer.
The only other statement on the Beehive website this morning was from Police Minister Poto William, who announced the members of the Ministers Arms Advisory Group, established to ensure balanced advice to Government on firearms that is independent of Police.
The group will be asked to provide advice on any matters relating to firearms including legislative proposals, policies for regulating the firearms regime, and the promotion of firearm safety. It must produce an annual report of its proceedings and operations.
The group has both firearm-owning and non-firearm-owning members and includes people with knowledge and experience in the required subject areas below:
- firearms regulatory systems
- public health and safety
- firearms research
- firearms safety and use of firearms
- membership of a community organisation or group involved in firearms awareness, safety, or law reform.
The Chair is Don Hammond, the previous chair of the Statutory Game Animal Council. He is a farmer and forest owner.
The membership terms officially start today and the first meeting is expected to be held in May.
Announcing Kiri Allan’s need to take time out for medical treatment, the PM said:
“I consider Kiri not just a colleague, but a friend. This news has been devastating. But I also know that Kiri is a person of determination, and as we’ve talked over the past few days I can hear how focused she is on her treatment, and ultimately her return.”
Kris Faafoi will be Acting Minister of Emergency Management. He has held the portfolio previously.
Ayesha Verrall will be the Acting Minister of Conservation and Peeni Henare will be Acting Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage.