Shane Ardern will be standing down as MP for Taranaki-King Country at next year's election.
He announced today he would not seek re-election in 2014.
"But at next year's election it will be sixteen years since I was first elected. Now it is time to spend more time with my family and return to farming full-time. Family and farming is where my heart lies."
Since being elected in a by-election in 1998, he has increased his majority receiving nearly 70 per cent of the vote in 2011, despite boundary changes.
"Between now and the election, I will continue to work hard for the people of Taranaki-King Country and continue my focus on agriculture and our rural communities.
"I am immensely proud to represent the people in Taranaki-King Country. Thank you for your support. As an electorate MP, it is your vote and your belief in me that is the opinion I value the most. This is the best electorate in New Zealand."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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