Moana Mackey rules out return to the Beehive

Prefers to stay on at Wellington Council.

Prefers to stay on at Wellington Council.

Moana Mackey

FORMER Gisborne-based Labour list MP Moana Mackey has countered conjecture she is contemplating a return to politics.

Ms Mackey said she wanted to pre-empt speculation she was planning a return to parliament following the decision of current list MP Jacinda Ardern to seek the party’s candidacy in the Mt Albert by-election.

Current Labour MP for Mt Albert David Shearer has resigned to return to a United Nations role.

Ms Mackey said she had always kept Labour leader Andrew Little informed and previously told him she had no desire to return to Parliament if a list place came up on the Labour list.

“I have to say I really appreciated him getting in touch with me earlier this week, in light of David Shearer’s decision, and I confirmed that was still my position.

“Being an MP was an honour and a hell of a ride but I feel that, even though it wasn’t of my choosing, I left at the right time.

“Forty is a great age to be embarking on a new career path.”

Ms Mackey said she loved her job as sustainability manager at Wellington City Council.

“I now have these things called evenings and weekends! Life is good.”

Ms Mackey, a list MP from 2003 to 2014, entered parliament on the Labour list following the retirement of Graham Kelly.

From 2003 to 2005, Ms Mackey and her mother Janet Mackey, the East Coast Labour MP, were the first mother and daughter team in New Zealand’s parliamentary history.

Ms Mackey could not retain her place in parliament after Labour’s party vote collapsed in the 2014 general election.

Ms Ardern, a rising star in the Labour Party and touted as a future party leader, has decided to stand in Mt Albert, a safe Labour electorate.

Mt Albert has been held by two Labour leaders, Mr Shearer and former Prime Minister Helen Clarke, from 1981 to this year, and Warren Freer, a cabinet minister under Norm Kirk and Bill Rowling, held the seat from 1947 to 1981.

FORMER Gisborne-based Labour list MP Moana Mackey has countered conjecture she is contemplating a return to politics.

Ms Mackey said she wanted to pre-empt speculation she was planning a return to parliament following the decision of current list MP Jacinda Ardern to seek the party’s candidacy in the Mt Albert by-election.

Current Labour MP for Mt Albert David Shearer has resigned to return to a United Nations role.

Ms Mackey said she had always kept Labour leader Andrew Little informed and previously told him she had no desire to return to Parliament if a list place came up on the Labour list.

“I have to say I really appreciated him getting in touch with me earlier this week, in light of David Shearer’s decision, and I confirmed that was still my position.

“Being an MP was an honour and a hell of a ride but I feel that, even though it wasn’t of my choosing, I left at the right time.

“Forty is a great age to be embarking on a new career path.”

Ms Mackey said she loved her job as sustainability manager at Wellington City Council.

“I now have these things called evenings and weekends! Life is good.”

Ms Mackey, a list MP from 2003 to 2014, entered parliament on the Labour list following the retirement of Graham Kelly.

From 2003 to 2005, Ms Mackey and her mother Janet Mackey, the East Coast Labour MP, were the first mother and daughter team in New Zealand’s parliamentary history.

Ms Mackey could not retain her place in parliament after Labour’s party vote collapsed in the 2014 general election.

Ms Ardern, a rising star in the Labour Party and touted as a future party leader, has decided to stand in Mt Albert, a safe Labour electorate.

Mt Albert has been held by two Labour leaders, Mr Shearer and former Prime Minister Helen Clarke, from 1981 to this year, and Warren Freer, a cabinet minister under Norm Kirk and Bill Rowling, held the seat from 1947 to 1981.

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