Ōtaki MP Nathan Guy will not be seeking re-election next year and will instead be retiring from politics.
Mr Guy became an MP in 2005 and a Minister in 2009. He has held the Ōtaki seat since 2008 and will have served 15 years in Parliament by next year’s General Election.
“I have been extremely fortunate during my time in Parliament and am proud of the work I have done in my Ōtaki electorate as well as for New Zealand as a whole,” Mr Guy says.
Rob McCann, who stood twice for Labour against Mr Guy, says “No Matter what side of the political fence you are on, politics is tough. I wish Nathan and his family well in their next endeavour and thank him for his service as an MP.”
Mr Guy says his number one priority has been to support the people of Kāpiti and Horowhenua, and it’s been a pleasure to have helped thousands of constituents with their wide-ranging issues. “I’ve also enjoyed the interactions had with locals at weekend markets, special events, in the streets or on the side-line.”
Mr Guy says highlights include winning the Ōtaki seat and being a Minister for nearly nine years.
“During this time I’ve worked with six Mayors, seen huge growth and development in the electorate and had wonderful staff supporting me at my offices in Paraparaumu and Levin.”
He served as Minister of Primary Industries, Internal Affairs, Immigration, Veterans’ Affairs, Civil Defence and Racing in the John Key and Bill English-led National Governments, and has also been Associate Minister of Transport, Associate Primary Industries, Associate Justice, and Associate Economic Development.
“As Primary Industries Minister I am proud of my work leading the Government’s response to a blackmail 1080 threat to infant formula, that kept overseas markets open and ended in a successful prosecution
“I have, and will continue to be a strong supporter of rural communities, especially as Minister through adverse events like the dairy downturn, prolonged North Canterbury drought, earthquakes and floods. I advocated hard for water storage projects and helped secure funding for a variety of projects including Central Plains stages one and two.”
Mr Guy believes National can win the 2020 General Election because of the talented, hard-working group of MPs who are focussed on delivering policies that will make a difference to New Zealanders.
He has made the announcement now to give National time to select a new candidate who will continue to work hard to represent the people of Ōtaki.
“My family has been amazing in their support over the years, and it will be a big change especially for my children who have only ever known their dad as an MP.
“I’m excited about what the future may hold and want to thank the people of Horowhenua and Kāpiti for their support. I will always advocate for the region I’m so proud to call home.”