National's Allan Peachey steps down

JOHN HARTEVELT
Last updated 13:13 05/10/2011
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Tamaki MP Allan Peachey

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The National Party will find a new candidate in Tamaki after an unwell Allan Peachey stepped aside.

Party president Peter Goodfellow this afternoon announced a new, shortened candidate selection process would take place in the safe National seat.

Goodfellow said Peachey had told him yesterday that he would withdraw his candidacy and focus on his recovery from ill health.

It is widely known that Peachey has been struggling with cancer.

He was elected to the seat in 2005 and has been a spokesman on education issues.

Goodfellow said the party was behind Peachey to make a full recovery from his illness.

"On behalf of the whole National family, I want to send Allan our warmest and best wishes for the future. We are behind him as he leaves to focus on his treatment and recovery, and spend more time with friends and family," Goodfellow said.

Nominations for a new candidate would be called tomorrow and close on October 14.  A final selection was expected around October 25, Goodfellow said.

"This has been an understandably difficult decision for Allan who has remained committed to serving Tamaki as its Member of Parliament. We wish him well, and plan to do him proud by running a strong campaign in this important electorate," he said.

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