Eric Roy retires from politics
Two decades after he was first elected to parliament, MP Eric Roy has announced he will not stand for re-election at the end of this year.
First elected in 1993, Roy said he had been humbled and privileged to serve Southland.
He served as an elected member for one term in 1993, before the seat of Awarua was dissolved leading into the 1996 election.
He remained a listed member for National party, where he said he spent two terms serving many electorates in the lower South Island.
In 2002 he lost the race to be the elected member for Invercargill, but in 2005 won the race and has held the seat to date.
"It has been a privilege to be part of a wider group of Southland leaders and to see Southland grow and achieve one of the lowest unemployment levels in the country," he said.
Roy said he wanted to make clear that he still had a year to serve and was looking forward to the challenges ahead.
The National Party has not yet announced when it will take nominations for the general election.
Roy said he would not be part of finding his replacement.
"There is a process and I will leave it up to that," he said.
The Southland Times