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Grant Robertson retires from politics

The former deputy prime minister announces his retirement from Parliament and is set to begin new chapter at University of Otago later this year.

Grant Robertson, a prominent figure in New Zealand’s political landscape, has announced his retirement from Parliament next month .Later this year, he will become vice chancellor of the University of Otago.

Robertson, who has served as a Labour MP for the past 15 years, including a tenure as deputy prime minister and finance minister, expressed his deep gratitude for the opportunities he had to represent Wellington Central and contribute to the nation’s governance. “I am extremely grateful for the privilege of being a member of Parliament for the past 15 years. The opportunity to represent the people of Wellington Central, and to be a minister has been an enormous honour,” he said.

Robertson says he has been committed throughout his political career to making a positive impact on the lives of New Zealanders, dedicating himself fully to his roles within the government. “The chance to make a positive difference in the lives of New Zealanders in this way is not afforded to many people. I have given absolutely everything I have had to these roles but now is the right time for me to move on to a new set of opportunities and challenges.”

Reflecting on his political journey, Robertson acknowledged the Labour party and the lifelong friends he has made, in particular former prime ministers, Jacinda Ardern and Chris Hipkins, and is confident the party is in a good position for the future, “I know I leave a Labour caucus in good heart, with strong leadership and a clear focus on the issues that matter to New Zealanders.”

His move to the academic sphere as vice-chancellor of the University of Otago represents a new chapter in his commitment to serving New Zealand, albeit in a different capacity.

As Robertson prepares to bid farewell to Parliament, he looks forward to his valedictory speech where he plans to share more insights into his experiences and accomplishments during his tenure.

Mana MP Barbara Edmonds will take over Robertson’s role as Labour’s finance spokesperson.