Port Hills based National list MP Nuk Korako retires from Parliament

National list MP Nuk Korako has announced his retirement from Parliament.

Mr Korako has been a MP since 2014, and is currently National's spokesperson for Māori Development and Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations.

"It's been a privilege and a pleasure to work for our Port Hills community. We have shared some trying times together. The earthquakes, the Port Hills fires and the recent terror attack. I leave knowing our community has grown together and become stronger."

"I'm especially proud to have chaired the Māori Affairs Select Committee - shepherding 16 Treaty Settlements to a conclusion. The Parihaka settlement is a particularly poignant one for me. Te Whiti and the Taranaki men that were wrongfully imprisoned were looked after by my Rāpaki hapū and so our ties run deep."

"I wanted to retire now so a new National Party candidate could be selected and have time to get to know the issues and people of Port Hills well ahead of the election."

National Party Leader Simon Bridges said as the Chair of the Māori Affairs Select Committee, Mr Korako "made a positive difference in the lives of Māori, including 16 iwi by helping to bring their Treaty Settlements to a conclusion". 

"I am sorry to see him announce his retirement from Parliament but I know he will stay actively involved in his community and the National Party."