More renewal options for National as old duffers retire

The old duffers are being cleaned out from National’s ranks, two more have announced their retirements come the election.

Two National MPs – Hunua’s Paul Hutchison and list MP Cam Calder – are retiring from politics at next year.

Calder, based in Manurewa, has just revealed he will not seek re-election at the general election.

Five-term Hunua MP Hutchison is expected to follow with his announcement later today.

Calder, 59, said it was “a huge privilege” to serve in the Government.

“It has been an exciting and extraordinarily varied experience, and I still relish every day, but after two terms in Parliament there are a number of projects, both in New Zealand and overseas, that I wish to consider in the years ahead,” he explained.

A former dentist, he entered Parliament in 2009 after the resignation of minister Richard Worth. 

A former consultant with 30 years in medicine, 65-year-old Hutchison was first elected to Parliament in the Port Waikato seat in 1999, and was returned in 2002 and 2005.

In 2008 and 2011 he was elected as the MP for the new Hunua seat.

He brought his medical experience to politics, as Opposition health spokesman and chair of  the Health committee.

Hutchison would not confirm his plans this morning, saying he will make an announcement in his own time.


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  • kaykaybee

    Never heard of them

    • Mr_Blobby

      Scum list trough-er Calder manage to run for manurewa, at the last election, and managed to get less votes for National.

    • Patrick

      Hutchison, known to front up at any blue event where a free cuppa & scone are available, apart from that known for little else.
      Cardboard cutout would have been more effective – & cheaper.
      Ask his constituency what he has achieved during his years at the trough.

  • Josh Metcalfe

    Paul Hutchison is a very good MP, very knowledgeable and very articulate. He would have made an excellent minister.

  • Mr_Blobby

    Does anybody know what the scum list trough-er Calder ever achieved, except ask patsy question in the House.

  • Scott Wilkins

    thanks fuck Hutchison is retiring, he does nothing for Franklin, I hope they get someone local who supports, but since its the biggest National Majority in the land, we will probably just get another national party hack,

    • peterwn

      It is in the hands of the locals. Head Office cannot dictate who the National candidate will be, nor can they bus in people to stack the vote.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Spoke to Curryleaf this morning on my coconut mobile. His comments – “Rats leaving the sinking ship” – fair enough bro….

    • Statehousekid

      Haven’t heard much from Curryleaf in the last couple of weeks. Lenny boy taking all the limelight?

      • James Growley

        I would say he is busy nailing the cupboard up in case anymore skeletons escape……..I can just imagine them all rattling around in there.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Curryleaf is enjoying life as everything is going in his favour. Meridian Energy float is a huge flop…all opinion polls have turned around in his favour. So he is keeping quiet and enjoying the scene of National fading away into oblivion….

  • James Growley

    Well, they didn’t set the world on fire, but I guess they have a nice pension anyway.

  • Phar Lap

    Well if we take like for like.I think there are more long past their use by date in Liebour and NZ First .Lie-bour especially.

  • Toryboy

    Surprised at Calder, he did well on the party vote in Manurewa

  • JeffDaRef

    Hutchison’s previous career as a gynaecologist would have prepared him well for sitting opposite Labour and looking at c*&ts all day…