Labour MP Sue Moroney to step down at 2017 election
Labour's Sue Moroney will say goodbye to Parliament at election time.
The Hamilton-based MP has spent 12 years in Parliament but on Sunday announced her decision not to run again in September.
"I made my decision after being notified last night that I had lost support from the party's ruling council for an electable position on the Labour Party list," she said in a statement.
"I'm proud to have extended paid parental leave, achieved mandated meal breaks and rest periods for workers and fought early childhood education cuts amongst other things.
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"Many people have given me invaluable support in these endeavours."
On Sunday in Hamilton, Moroney took part in a panel discussion in support of a commuter train from Hamilton to Auckland, but she did not wish to comment on stepping down.
Delivering to Parliament the petition for a commuter train between Hamilton and Auckland will be her final act as an MP.
National MP for Hamilton West Tim Macindoe was at the same event, and said Moroney was a "tough opponent".
"While, clearly, we have disagreed many times on a lot of issues, I have always admired her genuine commitment to the issues she's fought very hard for.
"She's a determined opponent and been a tough opponent, too. I wish her all the very best."
Moroney intends to stay for the rest of her term and is currently Labour's spokeswoman for transport, ACC and associate spokeswoman for workplace relations and safety.
In her statement, she said it was an honour to represent Labour Party members and to advocate for the people of Hamilton.
She also relished the chance to fight for the rights of children, working families, women and Hamiltonians.
"I now look forward to spending more time with my amazing family and friends to plan the next chapter of my life in pursuing equality and social justice."
Labour Leader Andrew Little said Moroney was hard-working and dedicated, and could be proud of her achievements in Parliament.
"Sue campaigned tirelessly for a fairer deal for parents over paid parental leave and fought for greater protections for workers. More recently she has been an energetic spokesperson on transport and ACC issues, and worked hard advocating for the people of Hamilton."
Little's statement said he understood why Moroney stood down and wished her all the best for the future.