Murray McCully signs off

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Dur­ing his 30 years as MP for East Coast Bays, Murray McCully said he tried to work con­struc­tively with lo­cal gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

‘‘We are both elected by the same vot­ers. And the roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are com­ple­men­tary rather than com­pet­i­tive,’’ McCully said.

‘‘When I was first elected, we still had the East Coast Bays Coun­cil with its of­fices a block from my own.

‘‘The move to a North Shore City, then the Auck­land Su­per City struc­ture has seen a shift from per­sonal phone calls to the mayor or chief ex­ec­u­tive, to con­tacts with des­ig­nated de­part­men­tal rep­re­sen­ta­tives. But it has been my ex­pe­ri­ence that both lo­cal and cen­tral gov­ern­ment un­der­stand that each gain from demon­strat­ing re­spect for the role of the other.

McCully’s elec­torate of­fice in Browns Bay, dealt with im­mi­gra­tion, schools and health­care ques­tions.

‘‘The MP’s role is to en­sure that in­di­vid­u­als are treated prop­erly by Gov­ern­ment agen­cies, and dur­ing my time we have man­aged to as­sist a large num­ber of con­stituents.’’

Later in his ca­reer, McCully be­came a se­nior min­is­ter, which meant more time off­shore.

‘‘But most peo­ple have un­der­stood that this is a trade-off - you have a re­duced amount of time in the elec­torate, but the abil­ity to get things done more quickly when re­quired.’’

East Coast Bays MP Murray McCully over­looks Par­lia­ment.

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