And Tau makes 15

April 8th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

MP has announced his retirement from politics on Twitter.

The veteran MP announced he will retire at the election.

The 53-year-old former Maori Affairs Minister made the announcement via Twitter this morning, saying: “Well, I’m on my way to caucus to inform my colleagues of the @NZNationalParty that I intend to retire at the upcoming General Election.”

Henare was first elected to Parliament in 1993 elections for New Zealand First in the former Northern Maori electorate.

He is currently chair of the Maori Affairs select committee and a member of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee.

I knew Tau when he was the NZ First Maori Affairs Minister. Not too many Ministers would be sitting in their office with some of their staff having a sing-along with a guitar. Tau was actually an effective Minister, and I’ve always been a bit disappointed he never got a chance to be a Minister again.

“I could have put my name in to be nominated but at the end of the day [15 years] is a good haul for a fella like me.

15 years is a good spell. Some in other parties seem to think 33 years isn’t enough! I’ll miss not having Tau around – lots of fun, and he was also a key MP in getting votes for Louisa Wall’s marriage bill from the Nats.

He would be the 15th National MP to retire at or before the election, with the most high profile among those resignations being Health Minister Tony Ryall.

Hopefully lots of new faces in caucus after the election. So far the quality of candidates selected has been good, but many more to go.

Matthew Beveridge has a collection of tweets from colleagues across the House wishing Tau well.

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25 Responses to “And Tau makes 15”

  1. big bruv (13,317 comments) says:

    Can’t help thinking that he will not be missed.

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  2. dime (9,470 comments) says:

    25% of current Nat MP’s moving on.

    What percentage of labour losers are heading back to teaching/union jobs/local body politics? Those degenerates just hang on til the bitter end eh

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  3. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (789 comments) says:

    “Rats leaving the sinking ship – Chief of Staff Matt the great.

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  4. KiwiGreg (3,179 comments) says:

    Setting the Nats up well for the future – a good win this year, a whole bunch of new MPs get blooded for 3 years; they will then be facing a bunch of neophyte Labs

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  5. Elaycee (4,305 comments) says:

    Just read the messages on the Twitter link…. and on cue, Sarah McMullan couldn’t resist sending one of her trademark bleats…

    Interesting to compare their respective careers:

    One is a boy from Otara who grew up to become a Cabinet Minister…

    And the other is an acerbic bint who reviews movies for radio NZ. (Her efforts are as enjoyable as watching Comedy Roast on CH15 with the sound turned off).

    Tau wins by a knockout.

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  6. burt (7,833 comments) says:

    So who will Mallard punch next time he wants to be promoted ?

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  7. dirty harry (432 comments) says:

    Never did like the guy. I have memories of him and his 4 crony mates..morgan, delaware and co sauntering around Welly with their dark wrap around sun glasses shortly after being elected looking menacing and nothing like mp’s. Tight 5 I think the media nick named them . More like wankers Id say.

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  8. Manolo (13,392 comments) says:

    He will not be missed at all. Good riddance!

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  9. mikenmild (10,766 comments) says:

    ‘looking menacing and nothing like mp’s’
    Too brown for you, dirty harry?

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  10. dirty harry (432 comments) says:

    pretty much mm..they need to know their place (wink)

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  11. Fisiani (953 comments) says:

    A healthy crop of new National MP’s to get three years backbench experience before the fourth term. Three more years….

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  12. wiseowl (763 comments) says:

    I hope 16 is Smith.

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  13. Changeiscoming (140 comments) says:

    Good another liberal going.

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  14. Johnboy (14,998 comments) says:

    I still can’t believe he let a little turd like Mallard get a whack in on him. Must have been a poser for the gallery! :)

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  15. Alan (1,064 comments) says:

    Don’t blame him, being an backbench opposition MP is no life for a man of his age.

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  16. radvad (666 comments) says:

    Alan, you do know this post is not about Trev or Phil don’t you?

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  17. calendar girl (1,176 comments) says:

    ” … and he was also a key MP in getting votes for Louisa Wall’s marriage bill from the Nats.”

    That’s not what most National voters opted for, i.e. to back a minority cause in a carefully-staged, non-democratic Parliamentary vote taken between General Elections – without any prior “manifesto”-type warning to voters.

    I’m right with Manolo and Changeiscoming above. That kind of deceptive Parliamentary “representation” of constituents is not a success to be proud of amongst people of principle.

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  18. Rich Prick (1,557 comments) says:

    Meh, won’t miss him. His only legacy will be the $84 boxers on the tax-payer’s dime. Fancy your political career ending at the lofty heights of back-bench MP in on the list, and goading Mallard, both take exceptional skill, ability and political mastership. Yes, he will be remembered. I think, oh, I don’t know.

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  19. deadrightkev (278 comments) says:

    He sucked on the taxpayer for years, contributed no more than a drone could have in the same position and now he is leaving. I applaud his decision to leave. Trouble is Henare will be replaced by another drone whose total value is one vote in caucus and he doesn’t even have control of that.

    Who on earth would get into politics with National if they really wanted to create a better NZ?

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  20. Elaycee (4,305 comments) says:

    Rick Prick: Meh, won’t miss him. His only legacy will be the $84 boxers on the tax-payer’s dime.

    Sure about that? Wasn’t that particular MP, Tuku Morgan?

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  21. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Johnboy: Mallard only got a hit because Henare at the time, had severe coronary artery problems. You should have seen Duck the day Ross Meurant called him over to explain his big mouth accusations in the debating chamber, he ran away like a scolded gutless cur.

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  22. Ashley Schaeffer (412 comments) says:

    Good riddance. Surprised National ever took him on in the first place.

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  23. ChardonnayGuy (1,136 comments) says:

    I think this is a great shame. Even if Tau ended up in the blue corner, he was a good centre-right social liberal and the LGBT community really appreciated his support for marriage equality. And his oh-so-accurate comments about Winston First and HRH Winston I during those debates.

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  24. Rich Prick (1,557 comments) says:

    Ah Elaycee, I think you’re right, he is less memorable that I gave him initial credit for.

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  25. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Henare was a political chameleon.

    From NZ First, briefly an Independent, then Mauri Pacific and finally National.

    Given time, he would have tried all the other parties as well.

    Good riddance. No doubt he’ll now find a niche on talkback radio. That’s all he is fit for.

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