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Nick Smith `happy to be caucus tea boy'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/12/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith says he'll be happy with whatever job Prime Minister Bill English gives him - including being caucus tea boy.</span> © Phil Walter/ Getty Images Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith says he'll be happy with whatever job Prime Minister Bill English gives him - including being caucus tea boy. Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith says he'll be happy with whatever job Prime Minister Bill English gives him - even if it's caucus tea boy.

There's speculation around Dr Smith's future and whether he'll be a casualty when Mr English announces his cabinet on Sunday.

Dr Smith on Wednesday said he would again contest the Nelson seat in next year's general election.

"In respect of any plans that the new prime minister has for a ministerial role, that's entirely up to the prime minister," he said.

Asked whether he was confident he would remain in the cabinet, Dr Smith replied: "I'm one of those who take a semi-military view, and that is that the prime minister decides and I will be happy to do whatever job he has for me - and if that's being the tea boy for caucus, well, I will be the tea boy for caucus."

Mr English on Tuesday appeared to rule out dumping Dr Smith.

He said anyone who questioned the minister's competence was wrong, and Dr Smith was doing a good job dealing with complex issues.

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