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Labour reshuffle planned after leader vote

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A Labour reshuffle is on the cards, but it won't be a big one according to leader Andrew Little.

The party caucus selected Jacinda Ardern as their new deputy, to succeed Annette King, on Tuesday, offering an opportunity for further change.

Mr Little is expected to announce the changes later on Tuesday, but has confirmed Grant Robertson will retain the finance portfolio.

"Given my commitment that Grant Robertson will be the finance minister in the next Labour-led government I can assure you I'm not changing the finance portfolio allocation," he said.

Ms Ardern, who is currently Labour's justice, culture and heritage, children and small business spokeswoman, said there are a few "gems" she doesn't want to let go of.

"Children and child wellbeing is certainly up there," she said.

She's likely to keep hold of that portfolio, with Mr Little responding "I listen to my deputy".

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