Long-serv­ing MP bows out

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - ABBY BROWN

Long-stand­ing Waikato MP Lind­say Tisch is say­ing good­bye to pol­i­tics.

Tisch, who is based in Mata­mata, an­nounced this week his de­ci­sion not to seek the Na­tional Party nom­i­na­tion for his Waikato elec­torate in the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion.

Tisch, who en­tered Par­lia­ment in 1999, said the main rea­son was to sup­port his wife Leonie who was tak­ing on the role of District Gover­nor for Ro­tary next year.

He also wanted to spend more time with his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren who live in Lon­don and Christchurch.

‘‘Leonie has sup­ported me over the years, not only in my par­lia­men­tary role, but prior to go­ing into Par­lia­ment I got to the top of

‘‘My role has taken me through the par­lia­men­tary side and I have got to be num­ber two in Par­lia­ment.’’

the Na­tional Party,’’ he said.

‘‘I was party pres­i­dent and cam­paign man­ager for the first MMP elec­tion in 1996 so I have been right through the party to the top and Leonie and the fam­ily sup­ported me and now she is mov­ing into an im­por­tant role in Ro­tary; she is go­ing to be the District Gover­nor in 12 months and I will be able to sup­port her in that role.’’

But un­til he stand down would be busi­ness as usual.

He’ll be head­ing to Ger­many in July to visit the Na­tional’s sis­ter party, the Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union and for a trade meet­ing with a think tank called Kon­rad Ade­nauer Foun­da­tion.

His par­lia­men­tary role was to dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion to other it par­lia­ments. ‘‘Un­less par­lia­ments know what the is­sues are about, their gov­ern­ments can’t sup­port un­less their peo­ple are on-side.’’

He was proud of his work be­hind the scenes po­lit­i­cally.

‘‘Some peo­ple want to be in the govern­ment and go down the min­istry role, which is fine, my role has taken me through the par­lia­men­tary side and I have got to be num­ber two in Par­lia­ment.’’

He de­scribed the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer as a ref­eree of par­lia­men­tary de­bate.

He said that sup­port for Na­tional would con­tinue in Mata­mata de­spite his re­tire­ment.

‘‘There was sup­port for

Na­tional here be­fore I be­came an MP in 1999 and I’m sure it will con­tinue.’’

He said he was mak­ing the an­nounce­ment now ‘‘in fair­ness to the party’’ so they had time to find a can­di­date for his seat.

Waikato MP Lind­say Tisch won’t stand again in favour of sup­port­ing his wife Leonie who would take on a District Gover­nor role for Ro­tary next year.

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