Simon Bridges reportedly heading for new role in Auckland

  • 30/04/2022

Former National leader Simon Bridges is reportedly taking the top job at the Auckland Chamber of Commerce once he officially leaves Parliament next week. 

Bridges resigned from Parliament in March this year, saying he would pursue commercial opportunities as well as "a media project or two."   

The 45-year-old former Tauranga MP, who served as National leader from February 2018 to May 2020, also said he wanted to spend more time with his family. 

"More important to me than being a politician or a businessman, I'm a partner to Natalie and dad to Emlyn, Harry, and Jemima. This week my oldest two children turn 10 and 8 years old, and I want to be able to give them the best of me."

The Weekend Herald is reporting Bridges will replace Michael Barnett as chief executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. 

Neither Barnett or Bridges both declined to comment to the Weekend Herald, but Barnett said he had not resigned. 

Bridge's resignation came out of the blue, shortly after he had been made finance spokesperson for National. 

Party leader Christopher Luxon, in a statement released shortly after, thanked Bridges for his "immense contribution" to the National Party. 

"I want to pay tribute to Simon's relentless efforts to make New Zealand a better place - and also thank Natalie, Emlyn, Harry and Jemima for letting their husband and dad spend so much time away from home to help achieve that goal," Luxon said. 

"Simon, go well. I wish you the very best."