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PM Jacinda Ardern reveals which MPs will be retiring at the next election

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Ministers Poto Williams, Aupito William Sio, and David Clark will retire at the next election.

Labour MPs Jamie Strange, Marja Lubeck and Paul Eagle will also retire then.

In a statement, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said all six had made important contributions to the government and the lives of New Zealanders.

“These decisions come in the midst of Labour’s selection process for seats in the 2023 elections. MPs have made these decisions in good time to allow succession planning for both Cabinet and caucus,” she said.

“They’ve each made their own call based on their personal circumstances – which I both understand and respect.”

She said the decisions came amid Labour’s selection process for seats in the 2023 election, and would have no immediate impact on Cabinet.

A Cabinet reshuffle is planned for early next year.

Ardern said Māngere MP and Minister for Pacific Peoples and Courts Sio had done huge work in the Pacific, been a fierce advocate for his community and taken a central role in the Dawn Raids apology.

MP for Dunedin and Minister for Consumer Affairs, Statistics and State Owned Enterprises, Clark had “in recent times, led our work on supermarket reform and demonstrated his intellect but clear focus on protecting the most vulnerable through consumer finance reform,” Ardern said.

She said Christchurch East MP and Minister for Disability and Conservation Poto Williams had brought her experience in the community sector to Cabinet, working across diverse groups, and had done a “huge amount of work on the implementation of gun reforms”.

Retiring MPs Lubeck (list), Eagle (Rongotai) and Strange (Hamilton East) had been passionate advocates for their communities.

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