[13 March/Stuff]

National MP, Stuart Smith, was given a new role as the party’s viticulture spokesperson adding to his existing Civil Defence and Earthquake Commission portfolios he currently holds. Mr Smith said he was delighted with the appointment, and that trade would play a big role in his new position. He noted that wine had been a part of human culture for a long time, and that it’s a really good social process that people have a glass of wine. Smith praised National’s new leader, Simon Bridges, although said that the person he backed for leadership was a private matter.