National Party President Peter Goodfellow says National is to re-open a shortened candidate selection process in Tamaki, following the decision by Allan Peachey to stand aside at the next election.
"On behalf of the whole National family, I want to send Allan our warmest and best wishes for the future. We are behind him as he leaves to focus on his treatment and recovery, and spend more time with friends and family."
Mr Goodfellow was informed by Mr Peachey yesterday that he intends to withdraw his candidacy, meaning that the Party will re-open a truncated selection process for the seat.
Allan Peachey came to Parliament in 2005 after a stellar career as Principal of Rangitoto College in Auckland, one of the country's biggest secondary schools. However his parliamentary career has been plagued by ill-health, and when he spoke in the VSM debate last Wednesday he looked far from well.
We wish Allan Peachey well in his retirement, and with his health battles. He has been a no-nonsense MP, and his distinctive gravelly voice will be missed. Doubtless now there will be an unholy scramble for National's Tamaki nomination, given that Peachey had a majority of over 17,000 in the 2008 election.