National list MP Katrina Shanks has announced she won’t be returning to parliament next year:
Katrina Shanks, National List MP based in Ohariu, announced today that she will not be returning to Parliament in 2014.
“I have decided to take up other opportunities in 2014 and have accepted the role as chief executive of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand,” Katrina Shanks said.
“The funeral services sector is facing change – legislative, demographic, and societal, and the association and its members need to be in front of this change. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges the sector has to face.
“I wish the National Party all the best in the 2014 election and consider it to have been a privilege to have served as a Member of Parliament in a John Key-led Government.
“I am looking forward to my new role and spending more time being closer to my young family.”
Katrina announced recently that she wouldn’t be contesting next year’s election.
One benefit of being a list MP is the ability to resign without triggering a by-election.
Jo Hayes will take her place.
National Party President Peter Goodfellow has confirmed that Joanne Hayes will enter Parliament on the National Party List to fill the vacancy created by List MP Katrina Shanks who has announced she will resign in January next year.
“Katrina has made a real contribution to New Zealand and National over the past eight years,” Mr Goodfellow said.
“As a List MP, she has worked hard to provide an effective voice inside the National Caucus for constituents in Ohariu and the Hutt Valley, and been a strong advocate for Kiwi families.”
Mrs Shanks will resign to take up a new role as chief executive of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand.
Joanne Hayes contested the Dunedin South seat for National in 2011. Now based in the Manawatu, she is Director of Community Relations for UCOL Whanganui.
“Joanne brings a wealth of experience in Maori business, health, and education which will be a real asset to Parliament and our Caucus,” Mr Goodfellow said.
Mrs Hayes is of Ngati Porou, Ati Haunui A Paparangi, and Rangitane ki Wairarapa descent, and is married to Pat with two sons and two grandchildren.
“I believe my background in health, education, and community and economic development position me well to make a valuable contribution in Parliament,” Mrs Hayes said.
“I am looking forward to working under the leadership of our Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, and to enter Parliament alongside my National colleagues.”
Jo won the party vote for National in Dunedin South at the last election which is a huge achievement in a very red seat.
I am sure she will work equally hard in parliament.