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Labour reshuffle on the cards: Little

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/12/2016

Labour's front bench could get a a reshuffle to make way for "star performer" Michael Wood after his win in the Mt Roskill by-election, leader Andrew Little says.

The party retained the seat on Saturday with Michael Wood beating National's Parmjeet Parmar to replace Phil Goff who stood down in October to become Auckland's mayor.

Mr Wood comes to parliament a "star performer", Mr Little said on Tuesday.

The shake-up is set to incorporate the portfolios of departing MPs but Mr Little said he's yet to look at whether it will go beyond that.

"I don't want a whole swag of changes. This is not a ground up kind of review of the entire caucus but Michael is a star performer and he comes kind of parliament ready in a sense and he is up for some good responsibilities and I want to make sure he has portfolios that challenge and test him," Mr Little said.

With former leader David Cunliffe voicing his intention to leave politics at the next election, portfolios up for grabs include disarmament, science and innovation, research and development, and land information.

Mr Wood described himself as "the new kid on the block" who would be happy with any portfolio.

"Whatever it is I'll give it 100 per cent as well as learning my new responsibilities as the MP in Mt Roskill," he said.

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