Hon David Cunliffe will give his valedictory speech on 11 April, with his resignation effective from 23 April 2017.
“It’s an enormous privilege to serve as a Member of the New Zealand Parliament and I have loved nearly every minute of it.
“In my time as MP for Titirangi from 1999-2002, as MP for New Lynn since then; and as a Minister of the Crown, senior Opposition spokesperson and as Leader of the Opposition, I have never forgotten the reason I came into politics and the reason that I’m passionate about the Labour Party.
“I believed then and now that all New Zealanders should have a right to reach their potential, regardless of race, job or gender; and that all our people are of equal worth and deserve equal respect, security and opportunity.
"As a Minister, I had a chance to do things that I hope will continue to make a difference, including helping Kiwis secure faster, cheaper telecommunications; better healthcare planning, more humane and focused immigration, better jobs in our regions, and a fairer tax system.
“I leave knowing that the Labour Party I care about is in good heart, well-led by Andrew Little and Jacinda Ardern, and with an able team of colleagues ready to make that difference for New Zealand in government.
"I’ve loved representing my electorate of New Lynn and the vibrant communities within it. I’m deeply grateful to my wonderful staff and members of the awesome New Lynn Labour Electorate Committee, who have stood solidly behind me through the ups and downs.
"I also want to express my deep gratitude to family and friends who have sustained and enabled me to serve during my term in Parliament.
"I’m excited about beginning a new chapter as part of the leadership team of management consulting firm Stakeholder Strategies Ltd, based in Auckland, where I’m looking forward to spending time with my sons William and Cameron, who continue to inspire me,” says David Cunliffe.