More renewal from National, Ardern announces retirement

National continues to renew with Shane Ardern announcing he won’t be standing at the next election.

Shane Ardern, MP for Taranaki-King Country, announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2014.

“I have decided to stand down at the next election. I know that I leave with the country in safe hands, under the excellent leadership of John Key as Prime Minister,” Mr Ardern said. 

“It is a privilege to serve the electorate of Taranaki-King Country, which is a large rural electorate stretching from Stratford to Hamilton International Airport.  I entered politics because, as a farmer, I am passionate about representing and standing up for rural New Zealanders, and ensuring they have a voice in Wellington.

“But at next year’s election it will be sixteen years since I was first elected. Now it is time to spend more time with my family and return to farming full-time. Family and farming is where my heart lies.”

Mr Ardern was first elected in a by-election in 1998. Despite boundary changes he has increased his majority, receiving nearly 70 per cent of the vote in 2011.

I suspect he won’t be the last. the clock is ticking on some old timers and John Key is tipping them over as he seeks renewal like any good manager should.


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