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Labour to unveil new-look front bench

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/12/2016

Labour leader Andrew Little will unveil his new-look front bench by the end of the week.

Former leader David Shearer is expected to be confirmed on Tuesday to lead the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

His departure from Parliament in January would leave vacant the defence and foreign affairs portfolio.

Mr Little says the shake-up isn't a ground up review of the party's top positions, but rather a consequence of ministerial departures.

"I've just got the final tweaking to do and I expect by the end of the week I'll say who's got what," he said on Tuesday.

"There might be a few bump portfolios ... because some big portfolios like foreign affairs and defence have to go to people we might have portfolios taken off them and those be reallocated."

He confirmed a number of MPs were safe with their current portfolios, including finance spokesman Grant Robertson, education spokesman Chris Hipkins and conservation and Treaty of Waitangi negotiations spokesman Nanaia Mahuta.

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