New housing team eases Phil Twyford's indignityby Jane Patterson
Power Play - A new housing team, a new Housing Minister - all designed to remove Phil Twyford from the glare of the KiwiBuild controversy without undue humiliation in the Cabinet reshuffle.
The KiwiBuild "reset" - announced at the start of the year and which has since morphed into a fresh look at the broader housing programme - continues to drag on. Today's announcement provides some explanation for the delay, the Cabinet paper has been initially developed by Mr Twyford but the new ministers have been given the time to make their contribution before it's finalised. They have at least the next three weeks when Parliament is in recess, but it could be even longer before the paper is finally put before Cabinet ministers.
Once again though, the government appears cynical in its timing.
Ms Ardern waited until the last hours of the last day before the longest recess during the sitting programme. She fronted a news conference and the two newly promoted ministers talked to reporters shortly after. But the timing presented others the opportunity to avoid the media as the House rose and MPs were free to depart Parliament within hours of the announcement.
Ms Woods and Mr Twyford have both declined requests for interviews - issuing statements instead and making the most of the opportunity to avoid any tricky questions.
This article was first published on Radio NZ.
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