Tau Henare has announced his Â retirement from politics.
Well, I’m on my way to caucus to inform my colleagues of the @NZNationalParty that I intend to retire at the upcoming General Election.
â West Side Tory (@tauhenare) April 7, 2014
And Stuff reports:
Henare was first elected to Parliament in 1993 elections for New Zealand First in the former Northern Maori electorate.
He is currently chair of the Maori Affairs select committee and a member of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee.
This morning, Henare did not deny suggestions his hand was forced by the likelihood of him receiving a low list ranking going into the September election.
He told RadioLive he expected his list ranking in a National Party reshuffle would be “more than 100″.
Henare said it was his own decision and he was happy about it.
“Most probably, it doesn’t really matter. To me the decisions been made and I’m very very comfortable and relaxed about it,” he said.Â Read more »