INDEPENDENT NEWS

Pansy Wong resigns from Parliament

Published: Tue 14 Dec 2010 10:56 AM
Pansy Wong
National MP for Botany
14 December 2010
Media statement
Pansy Wong resigns from Parliament
Pansy Wong, MP for Botany, has today announced her intention to resign from Parliament following 14 years of public service.
"This was my decision. I have not taken it lightly but I feel now is the right time for me to step down," Mrs Wong says.
"Over the past month, I have felt that the allegations directed at me have been a distraction to the Government and have put undue pressure on my family and friends. I strongly refute these allegations and do not want to tie-up the Government’s and my time continuing to do so.
"I want to ensure the National-led Government can progress its agenda without unnecessary distractions.”
Mrs Wong said it was a privilege to be the MP for Botany and she thanked her constituents for their support and patience.
"I believe Botany is the best electorate in the country. They deserve an MP who is able to fully focus on their needs.
"The past 14 years have passed without me having time to stop and reflect. But the past three weeks have given me the opportunity to do so, and it will forever weigh on my conscience that my continuing political pursuit has placed huge demands and constraints on my husband. I have decided this will no longer be the case.
"It is also time for me to turn a new page in my life’s journey to focus on personal and family priorities."
Mrs Wong’s resignation is effective from 17 January 2011, but she has made the decision not to receive any salary or personal entitlements from 20 December to the effective day.
"I have timed my resignation to ensure that the by-election will not impact on the holiday break of my Botany constituents, and I have also taken into account the work agenda of the National-led Government,” Mrs Wong says.
"I am looking forward to spending more time with my husband Sammy, and my extended family, who have been a great support to me during my career in Parliament.”
Mrs Wong wishes to deliver her valedictory speech this afternoon, subject to the leave of the House.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Ngā Wharerau O Aotearoa acknowledges the Government’s response to the Independent review of Kāinga Ora.
By: Community Housing Aotearoa
Pre-Budget Speech: Barbara Edmonds
By: New Zealand Labour Party
Green Party Co-Leaders Full Speech: State Of The Planet: Government Must Be Guided By Values Not Money
By: Green Party
Poll Shows Three Quarters Of Wellingtonians Oppose Airport Sale
By: Wellington Airport
Christopher Luxon - Pre-Budget Speech To Auckland Business Chamber
By: New Zealand Government
New Zealand Supports UN Palestine Resolution
By: New Zealand Government
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media