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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Text of news release carried by New Zealand government website on 19 October
Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced a major reallocation of ministerial portfolio responsibilities. Helen Clark said that the government was renewing and refreshing itself for the third term in government.
"Experienced ministers need new challenges and we have a significant number of new ministers to fill the slots of those retiring," said Helen Clark.
Key changes in allocation follow:
Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen continues as minister of finance and leader of the house, as well as becoming minister for tertiary education.
Third-ranked minister Jim Anderton takes on the major primary industry portfolios of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, together with biosecurity. I am …