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Page 4 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL -MAY 2017 NZ ministerial reshuffle sees Macindoe take Customs, with English ‘bolstered’ A MINISTERIAL reshuffle in NZ on the eve of Anzac Day delivered not only a new Defence minister to undertake ceremonial duties on the morrow but also a newly-mint- ed minister of Customs in Tim Macindoe. Fortuitously, he also picked up the associate Transport portfolio. The reshuffle was triggered by the imminent retirement of senior ministers Murray McCully and Hekia Parata, both of whom had stayed in their positions to ensure a smooth handover to their suc- cessors. The strategy appears to have worked well and has bolstered pm Bill English, who had a tough challenge taking over from the highly-popular John Key after his bombshell decision to retire. Hamilton-based Macindoe is a former chairman of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee and has been the National Party’s senior whip since the 2014 selec- tion. He has an impressive CV, including a stint as deputy prin- cipal of a major private school, and could be destined for greater things if National returns to pow- er in the election scheduled for September 23. Macindoe said on his Facebook page he was honoured by the ministerial appointment. “I’ve been given three areas which are all of genuine interest, huge chal- lenges and opportunities, and I am delighted to work in all three of them.” Customs was an area he had been interested in for a long time, he pointed out. “It is hugely important for the country given that we are a trading nation, and we need to ensure that our borders are se- cure and we are working collab- oratively with other agencies to protect what’s coming into the country.” Simon Bridges remains as the lead minister for Transport. He solidified his position in the reshuffle, gaining additional responsibilities as leader of the house. That was inherited from Gerry Brownlee (himself a for- mer transport minister), who has been made foreign minister and is #4 in the power rankings. Ranked #5, Bridges also has Economic Development, Com- munications and associate Finance portfolios. Macindoe’s predecessor as Customs minister, Nicky Wagner, picked up another of Brownlee’s roles as minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration. This post-earthquake job is a difficult and contentious one but Christchurch-based Wagner is seen as a safe pair of hands, partly for having shepherded through the trade single window and other customs advances on her watch (reported in a sepa- rate story this issue). Wagner remains outside cabi- net for now but at the top of the outer circle ranks. She also has a slew of other portfolios to deal with. Tim Macindoe Continued from previous page. that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters”. For all the growing global focus on CI, a balanced understanding of its importance is still evolving at key levels. In 2008 Tyson Macaulay’s Critical Infrastructure: Understanding its Component Parts, Vulnerabilities, Operating Risks and Interdependen- cies suggested that despite all the security technology available for threats and risks to CI, this crucial area often generates more fear than rational discussion. “Apprehension unfortunately prompts many involved in CI policy to default to old-fashioned intuition rather than depend on modern concrete risk assessment as the basis for vital security decisions.” The book postulates the concept of CI as an industrial and enter- prise risk conductor, ‘highlighting the reality that a CI failure can prop- agate a crisis with far-reaching repercussions’. It was published by CRC Press, part of the giant Taylor & Francis Group. Securing CI means all in industry now have a critical role to play ...