Roy retires

January 15th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Two decades after he was first elected to Parliament, MP has announced he will not stand for re-election at the end of this year.

First elected in 1993, Mr Roy said he had been humbled and privileged to serve Southland.

“People put their trust in you every three years to represent their views and voices, in a way that has been my humble driver,” he said.

He was first elected to Parliament in 1993, as MP for Awarua When seat was dissolved forthe 1996 election he became a Party list member, , serving electorates in the lower South Island.

In 2002 he contested the Invercargill seat, but was narrowly beaten by Labour’s Mark Peck.

Mr Peck announced he would not stand for re-election after his second term. , and with 49.51 per cent of the vote, Mr Roy was elected Invercargill MP, a position he has maintained for three terms.

He said politics was always in his blood and being an agent of change was just how he was “wired”.

“But in politics you have to remember one thing: you will agree with about 80 per cent of anything, 10 per cent you can be persuaded on and 10 per cent you don’t agree with – that’s the basic rule when you are in any party, otherwise you will stand for nothing,” he said.

Eric is one of the nicest and funniest guys around. He’s the current Deputy Speaker and has the respect of MPs across the House for his work in that role.

The rejuvenation trend continues for National with this announcements. Retirements since the election have included:

  1. Shane Ardern, TKC
  2. Chris Aunchinvole, List
  3. Jackie Blue, List (already gone)
  4. Cam Calder, List
  5. Phil Heatley, Whangarei
  6. Paul Hutchison, Hunua
  7. Colin King, Kaikoura (challenged)
  8. Eric Roy, Invercargill
  9. Katrina Shanks, List (already gone)
  10. Lockwood Smith, List (already gone)
  11. Chris Tremain, Napier
  12. Kate Wilkinson, Waimakariri

National needs rejuvenation to increase its chances for future elections. There is still one more possible announcement I would say, and also one more electorate challenge to be decided.

15 Responses to “Roy retires”

  1. Pete George (24,828 comments) says:

    Aaron Gilmore already gone too.

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  2. thedavincimode (8,131 comments) says:

    Any signs of rejuvenation in UF Pete?

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  3. David Garrett (10,969 comments) says:

    Eric was indeed a very poplular guy…and a very fair deputy speaker…

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  4. Longknives (6,394 comments) says:

    Twenty Years- Well done!
    *Not like all those parasites on the left who retire as soon as they are eligible for the MPs’s Pension…

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  5. Pete George (24,828 comments) says:

    No sign to me tdm but badly needed. They said they had a candidate meeting last year but I don’t know what they might be up to with that.

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  6. tvb (5,509 comments) says:

    This is a very big list of retirements but I guess they have all got the message that they will not be Ministers in the nicest possible way. Some leaders seem to like giving bad news is a most aggressive manner. But that is not John Key’s style and he gets results. This also enables existing MPs to get a good list ranking so stability is maintained. Contrast with Labour with a whole lot of has beens hanging on forever.

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  7. s.russell (2,072 comments) says:

    Considering the quality of Labour’s new recruits the peristence of the “has-beens” is not such a bad thing. For the most part those old MPs are the (relative) moderates. They may be holding on in a desperate (and failing) attempt at holding back Labour from slipping even further into loony territory.
    Those departing from National are (with maybe one exception) worthy but second-tier MPs (or in the case of Smith very long-serving), whose departure will be lamented on a personal level (as they are nice people) but who will be making way for a new generation of ministers for the 2020s. The critical issue though, is whether National will be able to recruit enough top-tier replacements for them.

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  8. igm (2,444 comments) says:

    Bet this guy doesn’t now go leeching off ratepayers like Labour/Green losers, the reason being, they have no abilities in either commerce or private sector employment . . . they are unemployable.

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  9. Viking2 (14,357 comments) says:

    The question as always is what is the quality of the replacements. So far of the last lot not a lot of shinning stars.

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  10. tvb (5,509 comments) says:

    Out of the 12 or so replacements there will be a few who will make good Ministers and there maybe a star who could be Minister of Finance or even Leader. This gives plenty of time to bed that in. Everyone in politics gets their chance. Being a nice person or a safe pair of hands is OK for a while but ultimately time’s is up and someone else (who may turn out to be a star) needs their chance. Too often parties have been satisfied with the safe pair of hands but that can only be tolerated for a while if the party is going to be a credible political force. A Government really needs about 6 people who are really good with the top two being your top performers. In the Key Government no 1 and no 2 are top performers with more coming up. That gives the Government depth and credibility something the Labour Party obviously lacks.

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  11. Dave Mann (1,760 comments) says:

    Who the f**k is Eric Roy and what, if anything, has he ever achieved in parliament other than draw his salary for 20 years and sit on his arse sucking off the taxpayers’ tit?

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  12. Shazzadude (587 comments) says:

    Lockwood Smith aside, that’s an awful lot of deadwood there.

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  13. marcw (384 comments) says:

    I would say the other possible retirement (she having checked the staring-at-me-in-the-face TAB odds) is Nicky Wagner – she has been the most underwheming performer in the Canterbury region in the last 2 years.

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  14. thedavincimode (8,131 comments) says:


    No need for snicko or hot spot there. Straight through to the wicketkeeper.

    they had a candidate meeting last year

    I expect their candidate meets with himself daily.

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  15. Viking2 (14,357 comments) says:

    National have lots of new faces to train and get known.
    That becomes the Achillies heel for them. Only 9 months to make a name for themselves in their electorates in a busy year.

    This leaves some other oppourtunities.
    The Nats may or will have to deal in some electorates allowing “partner” parties to succeed. (Epsom all over again)
    or more likely the other parties will chip away at the newbies and capture votes because the Nat. representative is so unknown.

    Now whose hands does this play into.

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