One of Parliament's more controversial characters bids the place farewell today.
Chris Carter will deliver his valedictory speech.
Labour leader, Phil Goff, is side-stepping questions on whether his former colleague will take the chance for more pot shots at him and the party.
"It's up to Chris Carter what he puts in his valedictory address. I wish him well for his future career. I'm not attempting to influence what he might or might not say, that's up to him," he says.
Mr Carter is off to Afghanistan to take up a United Nations role fighting corruption.
It will indeed be interesting to see and hear what Carter has to say this afternoon. This is his opportunity for a parting shot, to be written into the record of the New Zealand Parliament for time immemorial. It will also be interesting to see whether there is a full bench of his Labour colleagues present for his valedictory, or whether the number of Labour MP's present will be closer to seventeen.
In any event, we take this opportunity to wish Chris Carter well for his new role in Kabul. We haven't always agreed with his politics or his rather cavalier attitude towards spending money, but he deserves a compliment for taking the honourable course on his leaving, and resigning from Parliament at the earliest possible opportunity. We will watch his valedictory with some degree of interest.