“The current political environment is extremely volatile and unpredictable. However, I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter. This shift in voter sentiment is quite at variance with polling and other data I have seen throughout the year, upon which I had based my earlier decision to seek re-election for a 12th term as MP for Ōhāriu. While I am naturally extremely disappointed after 33 years of service at this apparent change of feeling, I recognise and understand it, and respect absolutely the electorate’s prerogative to feel that way.
“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. Consequently, after much consideration and discussion with those closest to me, I am announcing today that I will not be putting forward my nomination for election to the next Parliament. I do so with considerable reluctance, but I have always understood that holding public office is a temporary privilege granted by the people, and can never be taken for granted. . .
Dunne was a good electorate MP who got support in spite of his party rather than because of it.
A good proportion of that was from National supporters who understood that under MMP, Dunne’s support could make the difference between being in government or opposition.
It would have been galling for them that their votes enabled him to be a minister in three successive Labour-led governments.
It would also have been galling that while he gave National confidence and supply, he often voted against the party on other issues.
One of his initiatives was to extend the length of daylight saving, moving the start to the end of September and the end to the start of April.
That makes early mornings darker for southerners for several weeks than is optimal.
In making the change he appeared not to understand that in autumn and spring we don’t get enough daylight hours to gain any benefit from having the clocks forward an hour.
It is unfortunate that his resignation comes after parliament has risen. A politician with his length of service would have had an interesting valedictory statement.
This will be the end of United Future which is barely registering in any poll.