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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
New Minister for the National Library; promotion for IT Minister  
In today's Cabinet announcement a new Minister was named for the National Library and Archives New Zealand - Hon Judith Tizard, following the retirement from Cabinet of Marian Hobbs. This is an interesting time to hold those responsibilities. There are definitely some interesting issues for the Minister to deal with - the National Digital Strategy and recent legislative changes such as the Archives Act 2004 and the National Library of New Zealand Act 2003, and the policy decisions that will flow on from these changes.

Hon David Cunliffe has been promoted from Minister outside Cabinet to being a full Cabinet Minister. This may serve to enhance the profile of his Communications and Information Technology portfolios. His reappointment has already been welcomed by Internet NZ.