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Four MPs given new roles

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/01/2017 Sean Martin

Prime Minister Bill English has appointed four new parliamentary private secretaries to work with the ministers of ethnic communities, police, economic development, environment and conservation.

Jian Yang will join Melissa Lee, who has been re-appointed, to work with Ethnic Communities Minister Judith Collins.

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi will work with Police Minister Paula Bennett, Jonathan Young with Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges, and Scott Simpson with Environment Minister Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

Parliamentary private secretaries assist ministers but, unlike under-secretaries, are not part of the executive.

They don't receive any extra pay.

"These are important roles that help ensure strong links between the minister and caucus, and help ensure communities are better served by the government," Mr English said when he announced the appointments on Thursday.

Former prime minister John Key appointed several during his eight years in office but when he resigned there were only two - Ms Lee and Jacqui Dean, who is now a minister.

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