Two more retirements

October 25th, 2013 at 11:44 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

MPs and will not seek re-election in next year’s election.

Dr Hutchison is the MP for Port Waikato and was first elected in 1999.

Dr Calder is a list MP who has stood in Manurewa. He was first elected in 2008.

Their announcement today means four National MPs have decided to bow out of politics.

Internal Affairs Minister and Napier MP Chris Tremain and West Coast based list MP Chris Auchinvole have said they will not seek re-election.

Sad to see Cam and Hutch retire on a personal level – two genuinely nice people, who I doubt have any enemies in politics. Cam is 61 and Hutch 66, so their retirements are not huge surprises.

I worked with Hutch in opposition a bit. He was an obstetrician and gynecologist before he became an MP, and as a health spokesperson he had an affinity for the portfolio. I would help him put his powerpoint presentations together and he would always find some reason to need two or three photos of sperm, ovaries, fertilisation etc. I would get worried that Parliamentary Service would get worried about the nature of some of the images I was putting through the scanner!

While sad to see them both retire on the personal level, renewal is a constant need for political parties. National needs to keep rejuvenating both Cabinet and Caucus to maximise its chances of further terms.

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32 Responses to “Two more retirements”

  1. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (894 comments) says:

    Rats leaving the sinking ship eh….

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  2. Pete George (23,683 comments) says:

    ‏@KevinHague
    Paul Hutch and I often disagree about means but usually agree on ends. Great guy, with integrity – a loss from Parliament

    Grant Robertson ‏@grantrobertson1
    agreed

    All of them are not always at everyone else’s political throats.

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  3. DrDr (114 comments) says:

    It’s good to see that these MPs know when it is time to call it quits. Too many choose to stay on for much too long. Parties always need to be going through a renewal process, otherwise they end up like Labour – without a decent succession plan

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  4. Redbaiter (9,603 comments) says:

    “renewal is a constant need for political parties. National needs to keep rejuvenating both Cabinet and Caucus to maximise its chances of further terms.”

    National is sure enough in need of renewal right now. Its complete inability to provide NZ with political direction has let the country facing the prospect of a government by David Castro Cunliffe and his commie cronies.

    That demonstrates just how badly National’s current members have weakened the right in NZ.

    What sort of legacy is that?

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  5. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Interesting, National MPs resign, then continue doing something gainful. Lefties elevate to another trough, either screwing ratepayers or unionists. These socialists are unbelievable leeches, and still they want more from the productive sector.

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  6. Samuel Smith (276 comments) says:

    Tories seeking an (dis)honorable discharge.

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  7. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Smith: What trough are you snouting? No one in their right mind would employ a loser such as you!

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  8. Samuel Smith (276 comments) says:

    @igm. I’m a stay at home Dad.

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  9. gravedodger (1,570 comments) says:

    Simple sam smith 11 59, nah that was your mate Lennie the Lecher.
    Apologies to any eating lunch early.

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  10. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    Dr Paul is our MP .. will be interesting to see who will take his place .. hell, I may even get a vote

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  11. Ashley Schaeffer (513 comments) says:

    Samuel Smith (138) Says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    @igm. I’m a stay at home Dad.

    I don’t agree with your politics, but I’ll give you props for this. Before having kids, I thought being a stay at home Dad sounded great. After having kids, I’m glad to head out the door each morning and I have great respect for my wife for the hard work she puts in at home.

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  12. Manolo (14,062 comments) says:

    Not precisely luminaries or shining stars, are they?

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  13. Samuel Smith (276 comments) says:

    No one will remember Calder or “Hutch” (sort of creepy isn’t it) in 18 months time.

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  14. dime (10,108 comments) says:

    ” I’m a stay at home Dad.”

    yes philu, we know.

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  15. big bruv (14,148 comments) says:

    phool is right. While both of these chaps might be very nice men they have achieved a combined total of fuck all since they have been in the house. They are not even good at winding up the scum from the left.

    Ditch the pair of them and bring in somebody who does not believe in working for families, owning 51% of a business that the government has no place in being a shareholder of or somebody who thinks that the idea of the state owning a broadcasting network smacks of communism.

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  16. nickb (3,696 comments) says:

    @igm. I’m a stay at home Dad.

    A kept man aye! Explains all your pent up rage. Does your wife give you an allowance to spend on personal items?

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  17. dime (10,108 comments) says:

    Nick – youre his wife. You tax goes directly to him. DPB. ya see, he was an abused dad and had to escape. He managed to fall into the safety net.

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  18. David Garrett (7,542 comments) says:

    Cam Calder is a helluva nice guy, and a good speaker in the House…independently wealthy I understand, and given that he was passed over for even a minor cabinet role this time, probably thought “bugger it…why put up with the hours and the demands?”

    Hutchison …apparently he was a very good doctor before entering politics…Otherwise pretty undistiguished, despite being there a bloody long time…

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  19. Danny da Veto (3 comments) says:

    No doubt there are MPs who will be hoping to hang in long enough to get a taxpayer handout for life – 3 terms isn’t it?

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  20. Kenny (21 comments) says:

    Hutch saw the writing on the wall. Very unpopular in his electorate because of his liberal voting record on issues such as parental notification, anti-smacking and gay marriage.
    Cam who?

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  21. PhilP (163 comments) says:

    @ DPF
    Dr Hutchison is the MP for Port Waikato and was first elected in 1999.

    Dr Paul Hutchison is the electorate MP for Hunua (which may well have been Port Waikato before the last boundary changes 2006/7).

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  22. wiseowl (931 comments) says:

    Was hoping to hear Williamson and Dr Smith announcements.

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  23. Redbaiter (9,603 comments) says:

    “Was hoping to hear Williamson and Dr Smith announcements.”

    Dare we hope?

    Should have been in the Labour Party their whole careers.

    Smith and his “bluegreens”.. pffffft, hopeless.

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  24. rg (214 comments) says:

    Time to get rid of some old hacks, likle Bill English, he needs to get a life. And John Key needs to go and then we can address super properly

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  25. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Well Smith, we all knew you were a loser, but now you confess to be a bludger also . . . the base of Labour/Green movement.

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  26. tvb (4,511 comments) says:

    The national party is good at rejuvenation. There needs to be a couple more from the cabinet to let new faces in. It is not good enough to be all right. It is not hard to be that. Ministers need good ideas and should be providing political leadership to their Departments. Not the other way around. If a Minister is asking their Department for ideas it is time to move on and look for a fresh face.

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  27. Manolo (14,062 comments) says:

    I do share wiseowl’s expectation. Time for that pair of dinosaurs to stop sucking from the public teat.

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  28. calendar girl (1,265 comments) says:

    Paul Hutchison has an absolutely enormous majority in Hunua (does anyone know the actual size of that majority?).

    It’s hopeless that a National MP (even a “decent bloke”) can stay in the House with an unbeatable majority in a blue riband seat for so long without even getting close to gaining Ministerial rank. There’s something seriously wrong with National’s selection rules and processes when safe seats become available to sitting members for as long as they choose to stay. There is no urgency about moving on obvious under-achievers who tend to create barriers for more able MPs that the Party needs desperately.

    Hutchison appears to be a hard worker who has served his electorate pretty well, albeit one with social views far too liberal for most National members. But does that deserve a safe seat in Parliament for as long as he wants? Not in a Party that should take talent and rejuvenation seriously.

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  29. Viking2 (11,565 comments) says:

    Why Nick, (the useful Idiot) should go.
    tonights news clip prattled on about new social housing for ChCh (city of the dammed ; didn’t ya know).

    Smith speaking told us that these houses would be for people of lower economic status , in particular these houses would be close to bus route for those that didn’t own a car because they were poor.
    Unfortunately for the idiot he was making an announcement at a property that was being built and clearly had a garage.

    So, question to the idiot:
    Why if people can’t afford a car and will travel on subsidized buses, do we the taxpayers, then need to provide them with a garage to house the car they are not going to own..

    Oh yeh that’s right. so they can house their whanau and complain at the lack of housing or have their home gym and bar.

    Time for greater renewal in the national Party.
    Nelson residents need to told how to vote I think.

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  30. big bruv (14,148 comments) says:

    If the Nat’s were serious about culling the under performers then the following would be given the DCM

    Hekia Parata. The lady is a walking embarrassment. A useless MP.
    Nick Smith. The man belong with the stinking Greens.
    Nikki Kaye. Another who is in the wrong party.
    Chester Burrows. Time to move on.
    Lindsay Tisch. Never speaks in the house, never seems to do anything and is invisible in his electorate.
    Jami-Lee Ross. A brat who has no place being in our Parliament. He needs to go and work in the real world for a few years.
    Shane Ardern. Useless
    Melissa Lee. Less than useless.
    Kanwaljit Sing Bakshi. The token Indian, a complete waste of a MP salary.
    Dr Jian Yang. Who?
    Katarina Shanks. What has she achieved?….cannot even beat Peter Dunne.
    Jacqui Dean. Is she ever in the house?
    John Hays. Time to move on Mr Hays
    Claudette Hauiti. Should NEVER have been on the list in the first place.

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  31. woodey2 (1 comment) says:

    You might as well add Eric Roy to that list. Bordering on invisible in Invercargill…seems a nice enough guy but he ain’t a political star and not exactly seen alot…

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  32. Scott (1,818 comments) says:

    My understanding of the above is that they both are very liberal on social issues and have stood with the progressives in the imposition of gay marriage and the banning of smacking. No doubt if they were reelected they would side with Maryann Street on euthanasia. On social issues they are no different to a Labour or Greens MP. So they are of the left except for lower tax rates.
    When a National MP gets a glowing endorsement from far left homosexuality activist Kevin Hague that tells us all we need to know.

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