Bill English's Ministry was sworn in yesterday and held its first cabinet meeting, but public activity in the capital is now clearly winding down ahead of the Christmas break.
Good morning all on the day after Bill English named his first ministry.
Bill English took a mostly conservative approach in naming his first cabinet today, laying out a path to the election in the second half of the year with the least disruption, the most continuity and the fewest possible sources of unhappiness in and around the backbenches.
Bill English used his first trip out of Wellington as Prime Minister to visit affected communities along the Kaikoura Coast yesterday, including at Kekerengu on the coast between Kaikoura and Ward, but his welcome was far from friendly or honeymoon-like.
Wellington and Government have turned the corner towards Christmas and is sprinting towards the finish line with extra gusto this year, given the coming announcement of a new cabinet on Sunday and the jockeying of the players ahead of next year's election.