Three more National MPs announce retirements

Three more National MPs have announced they won’t seek re-election this year. Two were expected, but one was a reversal of a previous commitment.

It is normal for a bit of turnover of MPs from a party that has switched to opposition, but this brings the National MP exodus to about 13 this term.

RNZ: National Party to lose three more MPs before elections

Sarah Dowie, Nicky Wagner and David Carter announced in quick succession they will not be running in the September election.

The three politicians are the latest in a string of National MPs stepping down at this election.

Amy AdamsNathan GuyMaggie Barry and Alastair Scott all announced last year they would not be running.

Bill English and Steven Joyce have already retired since the 2017 election. Not sure who else.

Carter and Wagner retiring are no surprise.

Dowie is a surprise, as she has already been selected by National to stand again for the Invercargill electorate she holds. She cites family reasons:

Dowie is currently the MP for Invercargill, but she said she had opted not to seek re-election for family reasons.

“I went to Parliament when Christabel was four and Hunter was two.

“What has become clear is that my children are at a pivotal age and I wish to be 100 percent present to share in their successes,” she said.

She was involved in adverse publicity last year involving Jami-Lee Ross, partly brought upon herself, but I think it is understandable that she has reassessed her life priorities and has chosen children over politics.

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23 Comments

  1. Gerrit

     /  12th February 2020

    National are not loosing three Mp’s. They are gaining three new ones to replace the old.

    Regeneration is fairly standard in any organisation, as is staff leaving.

    You need churn to keep an organisation fresh.

    Something Labour is pretty poor at. Reflective in the skill set of Labour parliamentarians that except for the head in the tax payers trough, they are not much good at anything else?

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    • Duker

       /  12th February 2020

      Regeneration?
      How come just before Xmas Dowie was announced as having again being pre selected ( as normal) as the national candidate for Invercargill.
      3 months ago there was no regeneration and now there is. A golden parachute perhaps?

      And how come regeneration has taken those who were part of the Amy Adams faction who were Bridges opponents.
      Amy Adams …going
      Nathan Guy …going
      Maggie Barry…going
      Carter …..going

      Its a purge…or they know that Bridges will lose the election

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      • I have seen no no indication it is anything other than individual MPs making decisions for their own futures.

        I’m fairly sure you don’t know why each of them decided not to stand again. And I’m confident there’s a variety of reasons – probably as many as their are people opting out.

        I don’t think anyone with any sense will have any idea how each of the parties will do in the election. It’s still over 7 months away, a lot can and will happen in that time. There’s no way of predicting the eventual outcome with any accuracy.

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        • Duker

           /  12th February 2020

          When you publicly back the loosing side in a party , your future promotion prospects go out the door.
          Amy Adams said she was going a while back , talking about the strain on her family, which would be reasonable enough, yet the year before that she put her hand up for the leadership, which would have been harder on her family. The real reason was of course she was under preforming in finance role and Bridges going to dump her for his supporter. Her career was over at that point and then she had a lightbulb momemt about ‘family’
          Dowie talked vaguely about her kids growing up , yet just last November she secured another run at her seat. The real reason is she is a walking disaster and should have resigned completely when the JLR shambles came out. The media protected her name, in a shameful way.
          Politicians will always dissemble over their real motivations, Its quite easy to pull apart the vacuous reasons they give . Like I did the other day about Kris Faafoi , hes getting out after the election.. maybe 9 months .the going on list story about new talent …complete rubbish.

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  2. Blazer

     /  12th February 2020

    ‘Something Labour is pretty poor at’….what evidence do you have to support this?

    Could you please enlighten me re National M.P’s who have made a significant contribution to making NZ a better place to live.

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    • Gerrit

       /  12th February 2020

      Nah, do your own research.

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      • Duker

         /  12th February 2020

        head in tax payers trough?
        You mean like Bill English who was a treasury bureaucrat before becoming an MP. for 30 yrs
        Bishop went straight from Law school to work in Beehive and for Mps , like Nikki Kaye really, theres a new candidate who was most recently a RNZ reporter and yes worked for national MPs and the beehive. Some of those politics first people do a ‘sabbatical’ for companies but as government lobbyists trading on their connections. Hello Nicola Willis
        Thats just they way it is for both main parties, politics careerists abound.

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      • “Nah, do your own research.” In other words, Gerrit, you have no basis for your baloney.

        Given that there have been just as many National snouts in the trough over the years, your claim is nothing more than tribal b.s.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  12th February 2020

          Anyone who thinks that being an MP is an easy life is deluding themselves. There have been some who have gone into it imagining that, but they tend to be one term wonders like Pam Corkery. Doing 17 hour days as a matter of routine takes its toll eventually.

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          • Duker

             /  12th February 2020

            They dont do 17 hr days ! Not your average backbench MP whos a passenger at the back of the bus essentially
            Surprising number are able to do part time study as well as parliamentary duties ….one MP even did a doctorate at a Melbourne University, while an Auckland MP….a Nat of course ,until he was caught out in a hot sheets hotel scandal … must have been a sari chaser at the uni too.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  12th February 2020

              I have known enough MPs and Ministers to know what they do by way of hours. Yes, there are some who don’t, but, as I said, they tend to be one term wonders like Pam Corkery.

  3. Zedd

     /  12th February 2020

    still 7 months to go.. maybe there maybe a a load more, from all quarters: ‘renewing’ their MPs list. Expected in Election year; perhaps even a leader or two ? :/

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    • Corky

       /  12th February 2020

      Life hard after the impeachment let-down, Zedd?

      Honestly, you could criticise National over numerous follies. However, continual renewal of party stocks shouldn’t be one of them when compared to the stagnant cesspool of mediocre talent that is Labour. That people are going to vote for Labour is a study in itself.

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      • Duker

         /  12th February 2020

        Let down ? He was always going to get away with it with 2/3 vote required for conviction.
        However if it was a secret ballot like real juries it might have been in doubt.
        Like anything in the Trump Swamp , that was last week and fresh horrors await, in a month who will really remember the impeachment much at all. Of course hes the only President to be impeached who had to face re-election…..tick tock.

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        • Corky

           /  12th February 2020

          ”Let down ? He was always going to get away with it with 2/3 vote required for conviction.”

          Yes, that’s my point. The screeds of speculation, angst and possible repercussions written about something with an inevitable outcome, fascinates me. What a waste of time. Zedd was a major contributor to that scenario. The time honoured norm in cases like this is to ‘sling your hook’ and disappear into the sunset forever.

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      • Zedd

         /  12th February 2020

        @corky

        I try to take your comment seriously.. that barely rates a response, beyond: “Are you F@cking serious.. what a load of inane drivel”

        btw: I hear that airfares to MrT-land are reducing.. maybe there is one with your name on it.. enuf sed :/

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        • Corky

           /  12th February 2020

          I don’t care how you take my comments. That’s none of my business. But give it some thought. If Trumpy wins the upcoming election, your mana will be completely gone.

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          • Zedd

             /  12th February 2020

            really… mine

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          • Duker

             /  12th February 2020

            The guy who can only manage 49% with a high performing economy …what’s the path to victory there, since he only won by 75,000 votes in 3 states…hmm he’s going to lose big time this year

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            • Corky

               /  12th February 2020

              As long as Bernie is running against Trumpy for the Presidency, I will be cheering along with you for Bernie to win. America needs Bernie like fire needs petrol. Immigrants, taxing da witch, justice liberalisation and draconian social constraints against Conservatives will spark widespread violence across America. If Bernie tries to fugg with the second amendment, he will be toast.

              Bring it on.😔

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  12th February 2020

              That is a bizarre fantasy.

            • Corky

               /  12th February 2020

              America needs you, Bernie. Let the fantasy become reality.

              https://www.econlib.org/is-bernie-sanders-a-crypto-communist-a-bayesian-analysis/

            • duperez

               /  12th February 2020

              Violence across America? When you seek to create a divisive angry society that’s what you could get I suppose.

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