Friday, June 12, 2009
Statement by Dr Richard Worth
“Since I resigned as a Cabinet Minister earlier this month, I have been considering my personal options, and also the
welfare of the National Party – a party which I love and have served to the best of my ability for the past nine years.
“As a result, I have today also resigned as a list Member of Parliament with immediate effect.
“It would be easy for me to be bitter about the avalanche of rumour and innuendo that has led me into making this
decision which I regard as being in the best interests of my party.
“I wish only to restate that I have not committed any crime, and I remain confident that when the true facts are
established I will be cleared of any and all allegations of criminal conduct. I will steadfastly defend myself in
respect of those allegations.
But it is impossible to defend oneself in the public and political arena against hearsay, character assassination and
“Like most of us, if we are honest, I may at times during my life have said and done things which, when analysed in the
cold light of day, may seem to have been unwise. As I said last week, like any other citizen I am entitled to the
presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
“I could spend the future bemoaning the unfairness of a campaign which has Labour’s fingerprints all over it. But that
is not my nature. The campaign has been run against me by people who are unable or unwilling to back their claims with
credible evidence of criminal activity.
“I went into politics to make a contribution to New Zealand. I can see that it is no longer possible for me to do that
through politics, so I am now choosing to follow another positive path.
“Helping New Zealand win international trade will be the focus of my future activities. I believe I may make a greater
contribution through my business activities than by attempting to remain in politics in what would clearly be an
untenable position, and hoping to be forgiven for things of which I am innocent.
“My conscience is clear. Those who have chosen to try to ruin my reputation should perhaps now examine theirs.
“My wife and family stand behind me in this decision, as they have stood by me, together with our friends, in the past
difficult weeks. Their loyalty and love has been a timely reminder for me about what is truly important in life.
This whole episode has taken a toll on me personally, and this is why I have made myself unavailable to the media and
will continue to do so. I would ask that media now respect my right to privacy and allow me to get on with my life.
“That is all I wish to say. I am moving forward on a new path”.