The Cabinet has directed that $80m for the initial stages of the new company’s operation be set aside in Budget 2013 (see story, page 34). This was the latest of a series of measures announced since 2011 when the Government signalled plans to invest up to $400m in regional-scale schemes to encourage third-party capital investment.
But Carter won’t be sitting on the Government benches when this year’s Budget speech is read. He will have become Parliament’s Speaker.
Associate Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy was promoted to succeed Carter and Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye was appointed Minister for Food Safety. Jo Goodhew will assist Guy as Associate Minister for Primary Industries.
Jo Goodhew – stepping into the Associate Minister role.