Po­lit­i­cal ca­reer near­ing an end

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - MIKE BAIN

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-

MIKE BAIN

Waikato MP Lind­say Tisch is end­ing his poli­cial ca­reer af­ter 18 years.

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