By-election as Labour's Winnie Laban leaves Parliament

BY TRACY WATKINS
Last updated 12:05 10/08/2010

Related Links

Winnie Laban

Relevant offers

Politics

Hurunui District councillor Julia McLean gains support in childcare battle Nicky Hager not giving up on inquiry into SAS actions in Afghanistan Labour sustains self-inflicted wounds from last-minute list turmoil National Party's defence to Eminem music claim must fail, court told Labour leader Andrew Little to run the reception desk at Wellington school Locals keen on new Kapiti expressway interchange to stop dangerous u-turns Labour MP Sue Moroney to step down at 2017 election Trump's tax plans part of the race to the bottom by big countries - expert Jo Moir: Uphill climb ahead for Nikki Kaye to 'modernise' education without spooking the country Nadine Higgins: Are you left, right, or just left out?

A by-election is looming after Labour MP Luamanuvao Winnie Laban announced today she is leaving Parliament for a new career.

The Mana MP told caucus colleagues this morning she would be stepping down to take up the role of Assistant Vice Chancellor Pasifika at Victoria University.

Labour leader Phil Goff confirmed that Ms Laban's departure would mean a by-election in her safe Labour seat. Ms Laban won in 2008 with a 6155-strong majority.

Ms Laban said it had been "an enormous privilege" to serve as Labour MP for Mana over the last three elections but "I have worked out that it's time for me to step away from Parliament now".

"This enables me to continue my passion for Pacific people, young people and more importantly having a role in education outcomes that will lead to stronger economic development for the Pacific community."

Mr Goff said Labour was sorry to see Ms Laban go and the party would be looking to find a strong candidate for the seat.

This is the second by-election this term after Labour cruised home in former leader Helen Clark's safe seat of Mt Albert with new candidate David Shearer. There is also the possibility of by-elections in Te Atatu,  where the incumbent Chris Carter faces disciplinary action, and Manurewa, where Labour veteran George Hawkins is seeking a seat on the new Auckland super city.

Ms Laban was Pacific Island Affairs Minister in the last Labour Government and fought a high-profile battle against breast cancer in the lead-up to the last election.

There will be strong competition for the candidacy within Labour.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content