Labour Party MP and Member for New Lynn David Cunliffe will not be seeking re-election at the 2017 general election, Labour Leader Andrew Little announced today.
“David has chosen to retire to pursue a new management consulting career outside politics and we wish him all the best for the future.
“He has made a strong contribution to the party as the MP for New Lynn since 1999 and as a former leader and finance spokesperson. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Fifth Labour Government where he held the portfolios of Health, and Information and Communications Technology, and Immigration.
“Mr Cunliffe intends to step down at some point next year to start his new role, and has expressed a desire to avoid triggering a by-election.
“He is joining the leadership team of Auckland-based management consultancy Stakeholder Strategies Ltd, a leading strategy and organisation consulting firm that provides advice on commercial, economic and environmental issues,” says Andrew Little.