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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