New Act leader Don Brash says he will recommend Rodney Hide retain his ministerial portfolios until the election.
However its other minister John Boscawen will drop his portfolios and will not be replaced - meaning the party will continue with just one of its two ministerialships.
Mr Boscawen was appointed Act's deputy leader at a meeting this morning and will also lead the Act Party's Parliamentary team. Hillary Calvert was appointed the whip.
Dr Brash said Mr Hide had told him he would not contest the election this year. Mr Hide has previously refused to rule out seeking a list place or trying to retain the Epsom candidacy.
Dr Brash said Mr Hide was currently ushering some important pieces of legislation through Parliament as minister of local government and regulatory reform. It was important for Act that that work continued.
It would seem that Don Brash and Rodney Hide have come to an agreement here. Hide gets to keep his portfolios for the rest of the parliamentary term, and Brash doesn't have the itch of Rodney Hide to deal with post November.
That seems to us to be an eminently sensible solution. Hide remains a Minister, but will presumably remain co-operative to his former caucus colleagues who rolled him, and John Boscawen can focus on giving Act some credibility in the House in the lead-up to the election. Hilary Calvert has been rewarded with the role of Whip, and the only loser seems to be Heather Roy.
It will be interesting to watch the dynamics of the Act benches when the House reconvenes at 2pm this afternoon!