Today I've announced my retirement from Parliament.
I have had a wonderful time in this place, including nine years as a Minister, and have been privileged to be able to make a real contribution to the development of our country.
With the recent change of National Party leadership I've had the opportunity to consider again what I would like to do over the next several years....
Simon Bridges has made a very positive proposal to me to stay and contribute as a senior member of the team on the front bench with a choice of portfolio.
However I feel it is time for him to get a new team around him to take the New Zealand National Party forward and win in 2020 and then govern again for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
I have offered to assist in any way I can from outside Parliament and will remain a staunch supporter of the National Party.
My plan now is to return to commercial life and seek new challenges and also to focus on being a good dad to Tommy and Amelia.
I’d like to thank my wife Suzanne and all the people I've met through my work for their encouragement, support and friendship over the last 10 years in Parliament and 15 in the National Party.
It's been an absolute privilege to serve New Zealanders over the past nine years. I'm right behind the leadership under Simon Bridges and I'll be cheering them on from the sidelines. Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement, and I wish everybody all the best.
Here's a short message about why I'm standing for the leadership of the New Zealand National Party.
I'm really enjoying discussing the future of the party and our plans for 2020 with my colleagues.
Thanks to everyone who's sent a message of support.
Wow - breathtaking arrogance from Chris Hipkins justifying decision to close charter schools by claiming the previous govt had “no mandate”. Absolutely no compassion for the kids or parents - just raw union standover tactics. https://www.stuff.co.nz/…/seymour-govts-weasel-words-on-cha…
It has been an honour to speak on behalf of the National Party over the past two days in Waitangi.
After 178 years our nation is the most prosperous we have ever been, however there is more to be done to meet the potential of the treaty partnership and ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
This year's celebrations were peaceful and positive. ...
Congratulations to Ngāpuhi and the Waitangi Trust for shifting the Pōwhiri to the Upper Marae at the Treaty grounds.
My reading at the dawn service this morning was a bible passage that inspired the words of William Hobson at the signing of the treaty 178 years ago, signifying the new covenant between Māori and the Crown.
"Now we are all one people."
I hope you have had a great Waitangi Day.
Today I spoke on the first reading of the new Government’s backward-looking employment relations bill. We have one of the highest-performing labour markets in the Western world and we need to retain that to provide more kiwis with job opportunities and higher wages.
Today I asked Finance Minister Grant Robertson to correct five simple facts he got wrong in recent answers to parliamentary questions. It’s important that the Finance Minister provides correct factual answers in the parliament. The approach he took was revealing.
At the time of this post he still hadn’t corrected the record on any of them.
Rocket Lab's first successful launch into orbit this week represents technology leadership on a world scale by a New Zealand company. And despite its parent company being domiciled in the US for regulatory reasons, Rocket Lab is a very New Zealand company. It has a strong Kiwi culture, from its founder, to many of its shareholders, to its location of operations, to its many crucial suppliers.
Where else could you assert that you could deliver satellites into orbit on the spac...