Nick Smith first entered Parliament in November 1990, and did not become a Minister until 1996 when he was appointed Minister of Conservation. In contrast, Annette King was first elected to Parliament in 1984, and was a parliamentary undersecretary to the Minister of Employment and of Social Welfare between 1987 and 1989. In 1989, she was elevated to Cabinet, becoming Minister of Employment, Minister of Immigration, and Minister of Youth Affairs. She was a Minister in the Lange/Palmer/Moore government before Nick Smith had even been elected to Parliament.
So we can't help but wonder; if Nick Smith is "a retread from the past", what does that make Annette King? A solid tyre on a horse-drawn carriage perhaps. Once again David Shearer seems to want to have his cake and eat it as well.