National's Nathan Guy announces retirement from politics at 2020 election

Nathan Guy.
Nathan Guy. Photo credit: File.

National MP Nathan Guy has announced his retirement from politics.

The Otaki MP won't be seeking re-election in 2020 after 15 years as an MP.

Guy entered Parliament in 2005 and became a minister in 2009 when Sir John Key's National Government came to power. He's served in a number of ministerial roles, such as Minister of Primary Industries and Minister of Immigration.

"I have been extremely fortunate during my time in Parliament and am proud of the work I have done in my Otaki electorate as well as for New Zealand as a whole," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

"My number one priority has been to support the people of Kāpiti and Horowhenua, and it’s been a pleasure to have helped thousands of constituents with their wide-ranging issues. I’ve also enjoyed the interactions had with locals at weekend markets, special events, in the streets or on the side-line."

Guy said he was proud of his Government's response to a blackmail 1080 threat to infant formula and work to help farmers during events like the dairy downturn, droughts, floods and earthquakes.

He still believes National can win in the 2020 election, but is announcing he is standing down now to give National the chance to select a new candidate for Otaki.

"My family has been amazing in their support over the years, and it will be a big change, especially for my children who have only ever known their dad as an MP.

"I'm excited about what the future may hold and want to thank the people of Horowhenua and Kāpiti for their support. I will always advocate for the region I’m so proud to call home."

Former National minister Amy Adams and MP Alistair Scott have also recently announced they are standing down from their roles at the upcoming election.