Political career nearing an end
After 18 years as the Member of Parliament for the Waikato electorate, Lindsay Tisch is calling time on his political career in September.
Since being elected in 1999, boundary changes have come and gone in the Waikato electorate which saw the loss of Te Awamutu and Te Aroha, but gained Ngaruawahia, Huntly and Pokeno.
Regardless of where, Tisch has been happy to represent them all.
Reflecting back on his 1999 maiden speech he’s satisfied he resolved the major issues for the electorate.
‘‘Being instrumental in gaining the funding to clean up the environmental impacts of the abandoned Tui Mine was by far my greatest achievement along with gaining the ear of Prime Minister John Key regarding the need for the Wakato Expressway roading corridor,’’ he said.
Tisch has no issues with immigration to the country as long as people contribute to society.
But during his term he became instrumental in ‘‘the ousting of wrong doers from the Waikato region who were here illegally’’.
Serving nine years as Deputy Speaker of The House, he likened the role to being a referee in a game and liked to play the advantage rule during debates.
But as all good referees know there comes a time to go to the pocket and pull out the ‘‘red card’’ and did so twice when he expelled MPs Brendon Horan ( New Zealand First) and Chris Hipkins (Labour) from the debating chamber.
Voting against the controversial Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, Tisch was on duty the evening of the final vote and recalled the outbursts from parliamentarians in the gallery when he announced the vote which allows same-sex couples to marry.
‘‘As it was the last item on the agenda I allowed the celebration along with the waiata from the gallery, parliament had concluded for the evening,’’ said Tisch.
‘‘But really the highlight of my career has been, being a part of the institution ment.’’
Looking to the future, Tisch is serving as the chair of the Pohlen Foundation and is looking to support his wife Leonie whose involvement in the Matamata community includes Rotary and the Pohlen Hospital.
But most of all being more accessible to his two grandchildren. that is Parlia-
Waikato MP Lindsay Tisch is ending his policial career after 18 years.