Judith Collins reinstated following cabinet reshuffle

By Harata Brown

The Prime Minister has announced the results of a cabinet reshuffle at his post cabinet press conference this afternoon.

The cabinet reshuffle sees Michael Woodhouse's position as Minister for Police transferred to Judith Collins along with the Ministerial Role for Corrections.

Collins replaces embattled Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga who came under pressure during his time as Corrections Minister over the management of Mt Eden prison. 

It seems the dust has settled for Collins who resigned from her Justice portfolio during the 2014 election campaign when she was implicated in emails to blogger Cameron Slater. This came amidst controversy around Collins helping The Oravida firm in China who is associated with her husband.

Trade Minister Tim Groser is set to become Ambassador to the United States. Groser will resign in December and Rotorua MP Todd McClay will take up the Trade Ministerial position.

Sam Lotu-Iiga will stay on as a minister, taking the Minister of Local Government over from Paula Bennett.

Changes will take place on December 14.