National list MP Katrina Shanks will resign from
Parliament in the New Year and be replaced by Manawatu-based
list candidate Joanne Hayes.
Ms Shanks is leaving Parliament to work as chief executive of
the Funeral Directors' Association of New Zealand.
"The funeral services sector is facing change - legislative,
demographic, and societal, and the association and its
members need to be in front of this change. I look forward to
the opportunities and challenges the sector has to face," she
said in a statement today.
Ms Shanks has stood in Ohariu for the past two elections. She
has been a list MP since 2007, filling the vacancy created by
the resignation of former leader Don Brash.
She had already announced her intention to stand down at the
Joanne Hayes contested Dunedin South for National in 2011 but
is now based in Manawatu where she is director of community
relations for UCOL tertiary institution in Wanganui.
She is a Maori descent and affiliates to Ngati Porou, Ati
Haunui a Paparangi and Rangitane Ki Wairarapa.