Peachey retires

Allan Peachey has announced his retirement.

Obviously the rumours of his ill-health have come to fruition and he has had to make the tough decision to step down. It is a shame for his career to end like this. I wish him well on his retirement.

National Party President Peter Goodfellow says National is to re-open a shortened candidate selection process in Tamaki, following the decision by Allan Peachey to stand aside at the next election.

“On behalf of the whole National family, I want to send Allan our warmest and best wishes for the future. We are behind him as he leaves to focus on his treatment and recovery, and spend more time with friends and family.”

Mr Goodfellow was informed by Mr Peachey yesterday that he intends to withdraw his candidacy, meaning that the Party will re-open a truncated selection process for the seat.

Nominations will be called tomorrow and close on October 14. A final selection is expected around October 25.

It will now be interesting to watch the vested interests, the plotters and buggers muddle try and diddle the selection process. There are several names being bandied around right now and some back-room plotting is underway in the region.

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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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