Simon Bridges is retiring from politics.
“It’s been a privilege to be MP for Tauranga since 2008, a senior Minister and Leader of the Opposition. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, but it’s time,” the former National leader said.
“I am proud to have played a significant role recently in getting National back in the hunt for government in 2023. I have every confidence in National to win the election.”
“But 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.”
Bridges is currently finance spokesperson for National and is set to hand in his resignation in the coming weeks. Bridges put his hat in the ring for the National leadership challenge, but pulled out at the last minute.
National leader Christopher Luxon said Bridges “has been an absolute champion for Tauranga, for New Zealanders and for the National Party over his 14 year career in Parliament”.
“He was an excellent local MP, Minister, Leader of the National Party and colleague.”