Ryall retires completing the biggest ever rejuvenation for National

February 27th, 2014 at 9:39 am by David Farrar

Health Minister has announced he will retire at the election, which makes him the 14th MP elected in 2011 to announce their retirement (three have already left).

Tony is doing a Simon Power and getting out on top. His management of the health portfolio in both opposition and government has been legendary. MPs used to see being given health as a political death wish, and a sign their leader wanted them damaged. Tony not only asked for it, but has almost entirely removed it as a gaping wound that haunts governments.

Labour had scores and scores of well meaning goals, almost none of which were ever achieved. Ryall implemented half a dozen clear targets for the health sector, and we’ve seen real progress made towards them. Some of the targets are:

  • 95% of ED patients dealt with within 6 hours – at 94% (up from 87%)
  • An extra 4,000 election surgeries a year – at 105% of target
  • Cancer treatment to start within four weeks – - at 100% (was 65% in 2008)
  • 90% of infants immunised – at 91%

If National gets a third term, deciding who to make Health Minister will be a challenge. Every week there are a dozen issues that could become front page stories if not handled well.  Paula Bennett could be a sound choice. Jo Goodhew is a sound Associate but she is not yet in Cabinet.

So the 14 retirements since 2011 are:

  1. Lockwood Smith, List (gone)
  2. Jackie Blue, List (gone)
  3. Katrina Shanks, List (gone)
  4. Chris Tremain (Napier)
  5. Eric Roy (Invercargill)
  6. Tony Ryall (Bay of Plenty)
  7. Kate Wilkinson (Waimakariri)
  8. Phil Heatley (Whangarei)
  9. Chris Auchinvole (List)
  10. Paul Hutchison (Hunua)
  11. John Hayes (Wairarapa)
  12. Colin King (Kaikoura)
  13. Cam Calder (List)
  14. Shane Ardern (Taranaki – King Country)

I blogged in March 2011 on the importance of in a party’s second term if it wants a third and/or fourth. I said:

But if re-elected, some Ministers should give careful consideration (in my opinion) to retiring in 2014. Not because they are doing a bad job. Not because they are not valued. But because you don’t win if you don’t rejuvenate.

The actions of both Power and Mapp in retiring long before they were due to be pushed, should serve as an example to others.

It’s also an example some Labour MPs could follow.

This really puts the heat on Labour. I predict Cunliffe will say this is rats deserting a sinking ship, but that’s ridiculous. National is averaging in the high 40s in the polls and has real momentum at the moment. Many of the retiring MPs have safe seats. The contrast with Labour is stark where MPs who entered in the 1980s are still hanging on for dear life.

So congrats to Tony for taking the decision to get out on top, even it means I lose a Wednesday morning walking companion! I’m sure his family are looking forward to getting to spend more time with him after the election.

It also opens up the Bay of Plenty seat for a new MP. It is a very safe seat, so should attract some high calibre candidates.

As far as I know this is the last retirement to be announced. So the focus will now go on candidate selections and list ranking in the lead up to the election.

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62 Responses to “Ryall retires completing the biggest ever rejuvenation for National”

  1. YesWeDid (1,003 comments) says:

    Wow the spin is set to max on this DPF.

    Rejuvenation is the old dead wood being cleared out to make way for someone new and better, this is not rejuvenation.

    This is losing a star performer who will be very hard to replace.

    [DPF: You don't understand rejuvenation. Tony will be hard to replace, but even the best performers should go eventually. 24 years is a long enough innings. Key is doing superbly well as PM but I think if national gets a third term, he should consider retirement in the final year]

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  2. beautox (408 comments) says:

    Maybe Labour are trying to be the old people’s party, taking votes away from the current one.

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  3. dime (8,778 comments) says:

    yeswedid – unlike Labour MP’s, National people have options.

    He’s done his thing. Probably gone as far as he can.

    Off to a new challenge.

    He doesnt need to be on the tit for the rest of his life aka the dental nurse, failed teacher etc

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  4. Nick R (443 comments) says:

    Ryall will be very hard to replace. He is (IMHO) the only person on your list of retirees who has been a star performer for National over the last 5 years – bearing in mind that Lockwood Smith was Speaker and had no Ministerial role. He’s been at the top of his game and will be missed.

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  5. tvb (3,945 comments) says:

    Tony has been thinking about this for a while. His management of this portfolio has set the gold standard and he deserves a Knighthood. He will be a loss for sure. But Paula Bennett could do and she is due for a change. But it is another tough portfolio for her with all the complexity of social welfare but much more political minefields.

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  6. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    Kudos to Tony Ryall for getting out at the right time. Who would want to become a Trevor Mallard, Phil Goff or Annette King; almost institutionalised? Or even worse; who would want to end up like Winston Peters; a shadow of his former self.

    Ryall has been one of John Key’s most best performers. He will be a hard act to follow.

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  7. gazzmaniac (2,270 comments) says:

    I bet that JK will retire on his terms at the end of the next term in 2017. There will be a well orchestrated and polite election within the caucus for the new leader prior to the election, and that person will likely become PM. JK will once again pave the way for a new way of doing things.
    That is when the super entitlement will be raised to 67 ;-).

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  8. peterwn (2,938 comments) says:

    One thing is for sure – it will be full speed ahead in his office right up to when he clears his desk. The issue now is who is going to succeed in snaring him for his talents.

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  9. thedavincimode (6,129 comments) says:

    I predict Cunliffe will say this is rats deserting a sinking ship, but that’s ridiculous.

    Which is precisely why Viscount Cunners of Herne Bay will say that.

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  10. WineOh (430 comments) says:

    Personally I am worried about the amount of talent leaving the National Caucus, of course it means opportunity for those ready to step up & fill their shoes, but do they honestly have the experience and competency to do it? Half the job of a polly is building the name recognition in the electorate to keep getting re-elected.

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  11. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    @ davinci – don’t you mean Admiral Cunliffe, Lord Mayor of Marine Parade?

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  12. Cunningham (746 comments) says:

    Although he has been a politician for a long time (which is generally not a good thing) he is an extremely good minister and unlike the previous politicians that are going to retire at this years election, this is a big blow to National. How often do you see the health system in the headlines for the wrong reasons? Hardly ever under his watch. Labour will be glad to see the back of him. Good on him though.

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  13. Viking2 (10,733 comments) says:

    Sad to see. Mind you with National moving so far left the righties are on the outer.
    ACT is more needed now than ever.

    Who is still to come.
    Bill English and Nick smith.

    The last two of the Rat Pack.

    Will Smith go??? Nah he is a lefty/Green trougher.
    Bill, well little brother has quit his job so quiet possibly.
    That will leave the Nats rather gutted of any substance.

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  14. burt (7,091 comments) says:

    All this talk of Mallard & King resigning … I laughed and laughed – the old troughers are still breathing so they are still latched onto the tax payers teat.

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  15. tas (528 comments) says:

    This is a big loss of talent for National. But they’re playing the long game – this means more MPs can get cabinet experience. They will be the leaders of the 6th National government.

    Maybe Key’s plan is for National to win a 4th or 5th term, but without him and with a very different team to the one in 2008. Voters get tired of governments, but if you replace half of it with new faces, that may be less of an issue.

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  16. davidp (3,325 comments) says:

    14 out of about 60 is around a quarter of the caucus. That’d mean that if no one ever lost their job at an election (and with MMP that is hard to do), an MP would serve an average of 4 terms or 12 years. I think that is enough for any job. Work hard. Move on. Don’t stay well past your best-before date.

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  17. Viking2 (10,733 comments) says:

    Here’s some reasoning.
    Since Tony was 16 years of age his ambition was to be PM. Well with Key staying that would mean another 3 years and 27 years to get that job if he could fend of Collins.

    The Health Portfolio has always been the toughest and not a single politician has ever managed the toughest portfolio as well as TR, so what was he going to do next?

    Maybe Chair NZ Rail! Get rid of that other useless trougher and put someone in charge that knows how to make it happen?

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  18. burt (7,091 comments) says:

    Viking2

    Compare that to the reasoning of Mallard & King…

    I can’t be fired and other peoples money is still flowing – stay !

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  19. iMP (2,154 comments) says:

    Tony has been one of the most successful long-term recent Nat MPs, managing difficult portfolios well and with good humour. I knew him before parliament, and apart from Nick and Bill, represents the departure of half the “McDonalds Brat Pack” 1990 bevvy of Ryall, Sowry, Smith and then English.

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  20. RRM (8,994 comments) says:

    Dime – don’t forget the woodwork teacher (Minister for Chch earthquake recovery…) ;-)

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  21. michaelmouse (5 comments) says:

    That’s a bloody shame, I’ve rated Ryall as one of Nationals best ministers, who’s done a fantastic job with health.
    Labour bought Annette King back last year to shadow health because they thought she would deal to Ryall. Fat chance, he is always right on top of his portfolio and regularly swatted King aside with consummate ease.

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  22. gazzmaniac (2,270 comments) says:

    National’s longest serving MPs became MPs when Jim Bolger won his first election, and there’s only a couple left from the time of the fourth National government. 24 years. They entered parliament when I was at the end of J2 at primary school, and their first year in parliament saw the first Gulf War. The Amiga 500 was a good computer back then.

    Labours longest serving MP became an MP when Robert Muldoon was still PM, during the third National government. He has been an MP for longer than my entire life. 33 years sucking at the teat, and no sign of stopping any time soon. He became an MP the same year as the Springbok tour. I don’t even think the C64 had been released at that stage.

    NZ First’s longest serving MP became PM at the start of the Muldoon era, although he did have a 3 year break. 39 years and possibly another 3 to come. He first became an MP the year of the Gough Whitlam constitutional crisis in Australia. Pong had been released a couple of years prior, but most computers were room based and used punch cards.

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  23. vibenna (305 comments) says:

    Maybe Jamie Whyte could take over health?

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  24. Manolo (12,637 comments) says:

    He has been a very effective minister.
    I wish you all the best, Mr Ryall.

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  25. thedavincimode (6,129 comments) says:

    A good opportunity to remind all and sundry who the previous Health Minister was – the one that Ryall had to tidy up after – and who aspires to lead this country to the promised land.

    Perhaps Viscount Cunners of Herne Bay was still so tired after all those long hours putting the Fonterra deal together that he didn’t have sufficient left in the tank to do better than a crap job in health – why in the 9 years he had in the job he was incapable of implementing what was no more than common sense business process and strategy. Him being a business consultant ‘n all.

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  26. RRM (8,994 comments) says:

    He will be missed – young guns are all very well and good, but a team that also includes a few older greyer heads who know what to do is so much stronger!

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  27. gazzmaniac (2,270 comments) says:

    Addendum – we’d only had colour TV for a year or so when NZ First’s longest serving MP became an MP.

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  28. s.russell (1,486 comments) says:

    Yes, a great loss for National – and not just in the immediate sense. My guess is that he was destined to replace Bill English as finance minister sometime next term.

    Ryall has been outstanding as health minister though, and has earned a huge vote of thanks from all New Zealanders for his work. Best wishes Tony, and thank you!

    Re: rejuvenation, I think the reasoning is wrong (in part). Most people won’t notice or care. It’s value is not cosmetic, but rather it is critical for creating the next generation of ministers five years or so down the track. You need good able people with some solid experience to replace the ones who move on (like Ryall).

    The rejuvenation National does now will have an immediate benefit in terms of presentation, but that is small bikkies. The real benefit of it will come in future years when National has a huge talent pool to draw on (as it does now).

    Re: rats deserting etc. I am undecided whether to say rats do not desert Labour because the ship sank years ago and they are all drowned; or to say they do not desert Labour because they are the ones running the ship, so the only deserters are the humans.

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  29. Richard Hurst (713 comments) says:

    Its got to be Goodhew for Health minister. Its time she was in cabinet.

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  30. flipper (3,273 comments) says:

    In any top line business appointment six is the maximum useful term (Source: One of the very best, a knight who kept to his beliefs :-)

    1.5 years to learn the job, properly
    3 years to drive forward to higher goals/results
    1.5yrs to select and groom a like-minded successor.

    The Parliament should be limited to four or five terms MAXIMUM. There is no justification for 20+ year indentured MPs.
    That sort of tenure is matched only by the permanence of some US Senators.
    Idiotic.

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  31. david (2,482 comments) says:

    Two things to remember
    From Tony Ryall’s POV, the best time for him to land a top job is now, while he has relative youth, confidence in his ability and proven track record. He is obviously far from retirement and is taking a rational and understandable view of the balance of his working life.

    Before he became Health Minister he was not highly rated for anything other than his colourful shirts – he wasn’t poorly considered but was not a top performer. There is enough talent within National’s Caucus for there to be another Tony Ryall, someone who will grow into a challenging role and become a star in the next 2-3 years.

    I have confidence in the “new generation” and cannot get despondent about losing a star, another will rise. Sure Ryall will be missed but then if JK has his eyes on the future, he won’t spend much time saying “woe is us, if only Tony was here.”, he will get on with what needs to be done.

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  32. Viking2 (10,733 comments) says:

    Tony was the only MP who spent his 9 years in the wilderness learning what was needed for the future. The rest just filled in their days.

    Hard graft paid off and the GP’s will tell you that Tony knows anyone of any importance in the health system
    Nurses at Tauranga wil loften see him in there visiting his support people and then they ask, so how do you know Tony that he comes to see you when you are sick.

    Says lots about the mans character.
    IMHO

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  33. Neil (528 comments) says:

    I just listened to Tony Ryall on the 9 to 12 show. What an interesting and inspiring interview. Full of life looking forward to the future.
    One thing I want to say is that I hope these National MP’s don’t go onto the boards of public companies or as directors of shonky finance companies.
    Consider these names – Doug Graham,Bill Jeffries,Brian Talboys,Roger Douglas,Jim Bolger,Mic hael Cullen. None of these people were used to being directly answerable to shareholders. Great with the anonymous public trough.
    I read in a book that you shouldn’t trust politicians in a public company or invest in a company with a large portrait of the chairman in the reception area of that firm

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  34. Monty (949 comments) says:

    Has anyone got a schedule of labour MPs and when they entered parliament. Just so we can understand who are the longest troughers. Is it Goff?

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  35. emmess (1,334 comments) says:

    Re: rats deserting etc. I am undecided whether to say rats do not desert Labour because the ship sank years ago and they are all drowned; or to say they do not desert Labour because they are the ones running the ship, so the only deserters are the humans.

    Nah, the Labour rats are the cannibal rats floating aimlessly with no where to go.

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  36. flipper (3,273 comments) says:

    Richard Hurst (689 comments) says:

    February 27th, 2014 at 10:48 am
    *****

    Goodhew is promising….but just that. Another three years, and may be.

    My choice would be between Bennett and Adams.

    Lord help the medical unions if Amy gets the job.
    No, or it cannot be done, will not be an acceptable answer!

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  37. thedavincimode (6,129 comments) says:

    KS

    Admiral?? You mean he is waterfront?

    If that’s the case then undoubtedly this would make the breast-feeding even more convenient.

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  38. Fisiani (858 comments) says:

    This rolling maul of retirements and rejuvenation is part of the plan to make National the netural party of government in New Zealand. So many assume that Labour will eventually get back in to government just because that has been the historical pattern. History does not always repeat. There is no immutable law stating that National cannot win for decades to come. To do so however they require fresh talent coming through and already there are clear signs of talent emerging. You need a great 20-30%% of caucus to form a great cabinet and the rest to fill select committes and vote.
    1.Lockwood Smith, List (gone)
    2.Jackie Blue, List (gone)
    3.Katrina Shanks, List (gone)
    4.Chris Tremain (Napier)
    5.Eric Roy (Invercargill)
    6.Tony Ryall (Bay of Plenty)
    7.Kate Wilkinson (Waimakariri)
    8.Phil Heatley (Whangarei)
    9.Chris Auchinvole (List)
    10.Paul Hutchison (Hunua)
    11.John Hayes (Wairarapa)
    12.Colin King (Kaikoura)
    13.Cam Calder (List)
    14.Shane Ardern (Taranaki – King Country

    National need on average to find 4 or 5 Cabinet ministers for 2017-24 in these 14 replacements and I pick that the next member for Whangarei and Wairarapa will be Cabinet ministers. I do not know about the others.

    This is perhaps a golden age in New Zealand. My dream is that Grant Robertson elected 2008 will retire having never sat on the government benches.

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  39. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    @ Monty – Phil Goff entered Parliament in 1981, and Trevor Mallard and Annette King came in three years later. All three lost their seats in the Bolger landslide of 1990, but were back in 1993, and have been there ever since. I think that Maurice Williamson would be the only National MP who pre-dates 1990, having been elected in 1987. That makes him equal in tenure to Mallard and King, but still three years shy of Goff.

    The grand-daddy of them all though is Rt Hon W. R Peters, first elected in 1978. He has been an MP in FIVE different decades :D

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  40. tvb (3,945 comments) says:

    Tony Ryall will be a loss for sure and perhaps Lockwood Smith (though he had a tin ear for politics at times). But the rest are just journeymen and women, but let’s see some fresh talent to see if there are any worthwhile. Maybe a there will be star who could be leader (though I suspect they all think that until they see how hard it is).

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  41. ross69 (3,645 comments) says:

    One thing appears certain – the Tories realise the writing is on the wall and they cannot stand the thought of being in Opposition.

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  42. david (2,482 comments) says:

    ross69@11:43
    Thanks for the laff – worthy of the Marx Bros that one, just made my day.

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  43. Kimbo (398 comments) says:

    Indeed, ross69 (irony).

    Any chance the arrival of Matt McCarten will cause the loathsome Trevor Mallard to retire, and pursue roles where his skills are in demand – perhaps relief teaching in primary schools in the Hutt Valley?

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  44. Bovver (133 comments) says:

    Ha ha Ross dared to stick his head over the parapet, listen dear boy the Tories are a British political party. But did you ever wonder why Labour keep on putting up the same old tired political hacks but just can seem to get the Treasury benches, it must really burn you up inside Ross.

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  45. RRM (8,994 comments) says:

    Ross69 –

    Why does Labour polling keep going down, the more Labour moves to the left?

    I’ll give you a clue – actually the answer really: their ideas are shit, and the people they put up to sell the ideas are also shit.

    It’s not because the masses need to be re-educated about the true glory of socialism.

    I’m picking Labour party vote in the 20s this time.

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  46. flipper (3,273 comments) says:

    Fisiani says….
    …..” National need on average to find 4 or 5 Cabinet ministers for 2017-24 in these 14 replacements and I pick that the next member for Whangarei and Wairarapa will be Cabinet ministers. I do not know about the others. ….”

    So you are saying that Paul Foster Bell and Joanne Hayes will be Cabinet Ministers?

    If so, when????

    Certainly not in 2014-2017
    .

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  47. flipper (3,273 comments) says:

    Tony Ryall…..

    A Gentleman and a smart political operator.

    Earlier this week the Masterton Medical Centre, home to the largest GP and other service practice in New Zealand had a fire which caused considerable damage – not to mention severe disruption of patient appointments for days ahead – to their near-new building.
    .
    The very next day, according to a GP friend who emailed me this morning, Tony Ryall telephoned to offer his help in handling the consequential disruptions.
    A VERY SMART POLITICAL OPERATOR is Tony. Even the left leaning GPs within the practice were singing his praise.
    Good for him.

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  48. DJP6-25 (1,235 comments) says:

    With this rejuvenation, National seem to be embracing term limits by default. John Key has a very god chance of becoming a four term PM.

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  49. Fisiani (858 comments) says:

    Joanne Hayes is unlikely to get the nomination as the Wairarapa candidate. Paul Foster-Bell will be Foreign Minister 2017-onwards.

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  50. hmmokrightitis (1,458 comments) says:

    Worked with Pete Hodgson, and more recently, Mr Ryall.

    Hodgson is an odious creep, I wouldn’t piss on him if he were afire.

    Ryall has turned it around, and will be missed – front line DHB people who know him sing his praises, and the second tier managers dislike him because he drove transparency and accountability. He did a damned fine job, in a friggen tough Ministry and sector.

    Woss, you wouldnt even trouble the lint on his shoe.

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  51. calendar girl (1,108 comments) says:

    “Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced he will retire at the election, which makes him the 14th National MP elected in 2011 to announce their retirement (three have already left).”

    Your comments about rejuvenation (plus the thoughtful insights of s.russell at 10:26am) are well made. But they don’t persuade me to accept your reference to Speaker Smith, Blue, Shanks, Auchinvole & Calder being “elected in 2011″. As List MPs, each of them was “selected” by National Party insiders, not “elected” to represent a defined area by eligible voters of that area.

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  52. publicwatchdog (1,840 comments) says:

    So – Minister Tony Ryall is about to go through the ‘revolving door’ and end up where exactly in the corporate sector?

    Anyone ever heard of the form of corrupt practice known as ‘post-separation employment’?

    (An eighteen month / two year quarantine period from the time particularly a former Minister leaves public office – to the time a position is obtained in the private sector, which may involve using contacts/ influence obtained whilst in public office.)

    New Zealand is RIFE with this ‘revolving door’ form of corrupt practice, both at central and local government.

    This is how ‘post-separation employment’ is dealt with over the ditch:

    http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BN/2012-2013/Conduct#_Toc325623492

    Post-separation employment

    The Standards of Ministerial Ethics states:

    2.19. Ministers are required to undertake that, for an eighteen month period after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as Minister in their last eighteen months in office. Ministers are also required to undertake that, on leaving office, they will not take personal advantage of information to which they have had access as a Minister, where that information is not generally available to the public.

    2.20. Ministers shall ensure that their personal conduct is consistent with the dignity, reputation and integrity of the Parliament.

    The standards include a specific reference to restrictions on the post-separation employment of ministers who intend to engage in lobbying activities:

    8.6. In addition, as outlined earlier, Ministers will undertake that for an eighteen month period after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as Minister in their last eighteen months of office.

    These restrictions are repeated in the Lobbying Code of Conduct (see below for more information on this code).
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________

    Yet – New Zealand is ‘perceived’ to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ …….

    Again – pity about the reality.

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

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  53. RRM (8,994 comments) says:

    Penny –

    so what you are saying is, that it is a CONSPIRACY and a sign of CORRUPTION that some people are EMPLOYABLE?

    It must be a sad, frustrating world you inhabit.

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  54. Steve (North Shore) (4,324 comments) says:

    I hope the newcomers have been paying attention to people like Tony Ryal and not just positioning themselves to fatten the wallet.
    This Country needs clever people, not union hacks and dysfuntional schoolteachers and rainbows as you see elsewhere.
    If done correctly I don’t see Labour, Labour/Green or any other combination of snivelling socialists back in Govt for 3 more terms at least

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  55. publicwatchdog (1,840 comments) says:

    So RRM – none so blind as those who WILL not see?

    I guess it must be somewhat horrific to suddenly realise that such a commonplace practice is actually recognised internationally as a form of CORRUPT PRACTICE?

    Shows just how meaningless is Transparency International’s ‘Corruption Perception Index’, in which New Zealand is supposed to lead the world?

    Sorry about that – but FACTS are FACTS.

    New Zealand is RIFE with this ‘revolving door’ form of corrupt practice, both at central and local government.

    This is how ‘post-separation employment’ is dealt with over the ditch:

    http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BN/2012-2013/Conduct#_Toc325623492

    Post-separation employment

    The Standards of Ministerial Ethics states:

    2.19. Ministers are required to undertake that, for an eighteen month period after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as Minister in their last eighteen months in office. Ministers are also required to undertake that, on leaving office, they will not take personal advantage of information to which they have had access as a Minister, where that information is not generally available to the public.

    2.20. Ministers shall ensure that their personal conduct is consistent with the dignity, reputation and integrity of the Parliament.

    The standards include a specific reference to restrictions on the post-separation employment of ministers who intend to engage in lobbying activities:

    8.6. In addition, as outlined earlier, Ministers will undertake that for an eighteen month period after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as Minister in their last eighteen months of office.

    These restrictions are repeated in the Lobbying Code of Conduct (see below for more information on this code).
    __________________________________________________________________________________________

    (You will note that I have been campaigning on this anti-corruption issue (along with others) now for some time…

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/ANTI-CORRUPTION-WHITE-COLLAR-CRIME-CORPORATE-WELFARE-ACTION-PLAN-Ak-Mayoral-campaign-19-July-2013-2.pdf

    ” 15. Make it a lawful requirement at NZ Central and Local Government level for a ‘post-separation employment quarantine’ period from the time officials leave the public service to take up a similar role in the private sector. (Help stop the ‘revolving door’).”

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

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  56. Steve (North Shore) (4,324 comments) says:

    Tony Ryal might become a ‘Bailiff’ and serve Court Orders to those who refuse to pay required Taxes.
    Yeah!

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  57. Warren Murray (239 comments) says:

    i endorse the compliments posted by others, Well done Mr Ryall and best of luck for your future.

    At the risk of appearing pedantic, DF forgot to add Aaron Gilmore to his list.

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  58. big bruv (12,380 comments) says:

    Hey Penny?

    Paid your rates yet or are you still a parasite?

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  59. Mark (1,302 comments) says:

    Tony Ryall is quite possibly Nationals most competent minister and will be a huge loss. There are others who I would much rather see cut loose. Hekia perhaps at the top of that list.

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  60. Dave_1924 (55 comments) says:

    Right move by Tony Ryall – leave at the top don’t wait to be pushed. National churning the talent pool is a good thing. If 2-3 out of the 14 replacements are turn out to be above average ministers the strategy will be an absolute success.

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  61. publicwatchdog (1,840 comments) says:

    No Big Bruv, as I told the Auckland Council Governing Body – to their faces – at their meeting yesterday, I have not paid rates since 2008 and won’t as long as the books are NOT open, and citizens and ratepayers are not being told exactly where public monies are being spent.

    Have you still got that ‘SHEEP’ tattoo on your forehead?

    (Just asking ….. in a caring way :)

    Penny Bright

    Full-time, self-funded ‘anti-corruption / anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’

    (Who polled fourth, after obtaining nearly 12,000 votes in the 2013 Auckland Mayoral election, campaigning against corrupt, corporate control of the Auckland region:

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/HowCouncilWorks/Elections/Documents/mayorfinalresults2013.pdf

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  62. Tookinator (195 comments) says:

    Bugger!
    It’s going to take me a long time to train up a new Minister of Health…

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