David Cunliffe will double up as Minister for Communications and Minister of Health, the Prime Minister has announced.
As part of a major cabinet reshuffle, Cunliffe has been set yet another challenge in taking over health from Pete Hodgson. He rises from 15th to ninth in the Cabinet rankings.
Cunliffe has redrawn the telecommunications landscape over the past two years, facing down Telecom's management and guiding its operational separation as well as delivering local loop unbundling.
In related changes, Trevor Mallard lost his economic development portfolio to Hodgson.