By Todd Muller
Last week the National Party announced our strong opposition team who will be keeping a watchful eye on the new government and, as and when required, holding them to account.
I am thrilled to have been appointed National Party spokesman for both Climate Change and Crown/Maori relations.
It's a great privilege to be trusted with two portfolios that are so vital to our national interest and I am looking forward to going toe-to-toe with the Minister for Climate Change - Green Party Leader James Shaw - and Minister for Crown/Maori Relations - Labour Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis - in the House.
Where the Treaty Settlements portfolio was firmly focused on addressing and compensating for historically injustices, this new portfolio looks towards the future and how we manage the relationship between Maori and the Crown in a post-Treaty settlement environment. I welcome the new and exciting challenges that will bring.
In the Climate Change portfolio I want to ensure we have an appropriate framework in place to achieve our international obligations in a way that is sensible, balanced and proportionate. A healthy environment and a healthy economy are not incompatible concepts, and the success of our country will rest on how effectively we can fuse them together for the mutual benefit of our community.
MP for Bay of Plenty