Another “worst kept secret” announcement: Mike Moore quits as ambassador to US

The former Prime Minister suffered a stroke in April this year and a statement given to his staff today says next month will be his last in Washington.

After leaving politics, Mr Moore became director-general of the World Trade Organisation.
Trade was a focus during his time as ambassador too, as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was negotiated.

“I am now the longest serving continuous ambassador to the US. I didn’t seek this job but felt I should do it because great issues were at stake. The time was ripe for it,” Mr Moore said.

“On a security level things have moved up several notches. You are aware of the many exercises we do together and the important contribution we are making in the struggle against Isis.

“TPP was the second part of the job and we have worked to getting acceptance for this by Congress. I believe it will be forthcoming. It will be a question of time.”

Mr Moore was Prime Minister of New Zealand for only two months in 1990, as the fourth Labour government imploded during its dying days.

His statement makes reference to this.

“In my political life I have always been in the wrong place at the wrong time but the mission I was given here was correct and the timing was right.”

Current National electorate MPs that are no longer wanted had this job dangled in front of them some time ago, and even the main stream media were aware.

With Phil Goff now likely to take the Auckland mayoralty, and no sitting National MPs willing to run for mayor or take the job in Washington, there is going to be some stressful reshuffling ahead.

Mike Moore will be remembered for two things:  His remarkably short tenure as PM, and his lamb burger.



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