Watch: PM-elect Jacinda Ardern reveals the 16 Labour MPs who will make up her Ministerial Cabinet

Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern has revealed the list of Labour MPs who will make up her Cabinet in a press conference this afternoon in Wellington.

She won't, however, take up a position that will interfere with individual cases being dealt with by CYF. Source: 1 NEWS

The 16 Labour MPs who will make up the majority of the cabinet ministers of the new government are in alphabetical order:

The Prime Minister-elect faces a massive opposition in parliament, but is determined to represent all. Source: 1 NEWS

Jacinda Ardern
David Clark
Clare Curran
Kelvin Davis
Chris Hipkins
Iain Lees-Galloway
Andrew Little
Nanaia Mahuta
Stuart Nash
Damien O'Connor
David Parker
Grant Robertson
Jenny Salesa
Carmel Sepuloni
Phil Twyford
Megan Woods

Labour has also announced a further five ministers who will sit outside Cabinet:

Kris Faafoi
Peeni Henare
Willie Jackson
Aupito William Sio
Meka Whaitiri

New Zealand First will hold four Ministerial positions, while the Greens will have three outside Cabinet. 

Ms Ardern will lead NZ's next government after Winston Peters offered Labour his party's support. Source: 1 NEWS

Ms Ardern said the Labour Cabinet Ministerial positions were decided through election by the Labour team at 2pm this afternoon in accordance with the party’s written rules.

The Ministerial positions outside of Cabinet were decided by Ms Ardern.

Ms Ardern touched on the difficulty of her decision.

"I was absolutely spoilt for choice when I came to this decision of who would make up our team, we have an enormous depth of talent, of expertise, of experience both inside this house and outside of it," she said.

Ms Ardern said she would take the weekend to allocate portfolios to the list of ministers.

This she said would involve discussion with New Zealand First.  

Ms Ardern said the Greens have already signed off on what their ministerial positions will be outside of cabinet, but she will wait to announce what those are at the same time as all the portfolios are released next week.

Sixteen Labour MPs will take positions within Cabinet, with a further five sitting outside. Source: 1 NEWS

Labour Party back MP Trevor Mallard to be next parliamentary speaker

Labour MP Trevor Mallard has his party's backing to become the next parliamentary speaker.

It's parliament's first task to elect a speaker and the 30 year veteran is the favourite.

His party's full caucus including soon-to-be prime minister Jacinda Ardern are backing him for the job.

"Certainly I have high hopes for Mr Mallard. I think he will make an excellent speaker," Ms Ardern said on Friday.

"He does have the support and endorsement of the Labour caucus. Certainly I hope to have the [additional] support for Trevor because he'll be an excellent speaker."

Candidates for the position are nominated and a vote is held in parliament.

National's David Carter was speaker in the last parliament.

Trevor Mallard on the attack in parliament. Source: 1 NEWS


Jacinda Ardern desperate to work with NZ's vulnerable children, but says it's 'unwise' to be involved with individual cases

Jacinda Ardern has reveled she intends to have a role where she can help New Zealand's vulnerable youngsters, but it would be "unwise" of her to work with individual child cases dealt with by the Ministry of Vulnerable Children.

"I'll be working through how I can make sure I fulfill my desire to be closely involved with my passion," Ms Ardern said.  

"One of the reasons I came into politics was balancing the need to make sure that the operational side of that portfolio is dealt with appropriately."

The PM-elect also indicated that one of her specific focuses working within the Cabinet was to fix the gender pay gap.

"I have great ambition as a woman, and as Prime Minister-elect that we will make great gains as a government in issues like equal pay," she said.

"Making sure we are supporting women in the roles that they choose to take, be that in work or in carer roles. That will be at the heart of what we do.

"It may well not be that that role is inside Cabinet but it will be held by someone who is passionate for the work that they will do and I will hold it close to my heart as well."

Ms Ardern said she would hold ministerial positions, but would not explicitly reveal what they would be.

Sixteen Labour MPs will take positions within Cabinet, with a further five sitting outside. Source: 1 NEWS

However, she was quite clear they would relate to her existing roles around the arts and culture, and children's portfolios, and the PM's traditions handling of intelligence issues.  

She won't, however, take up a position that will interfere with individual cases being dealt with by CYF. Source: 1 NEWS