Labour MP Shane Jones says he does not regret his
resignation ahead of his last day in Parliament today.
He blindsided Labour Party colleagues on April 22 by
announcing he intended to quit politics just months out from
the election, saying he did not believe he could give 100 per
cent to his role.
Mr Jones today told TV3's Firstline he expected delivering
his valedictory speech in Parliament later today would be an
‘‘I always tried to bring a lot of personality forward in my
politics and I am the first to admit that it some of that
colour and style got me into trouble occasionally.
‘‘I'm a reflection of a lot of New Zealanders. If you want a
tepid politician, if you want politicians of the future which
are akin to Stepford Wives, then you're going to have a
pretty boring Parliament."
He denied being a ‘‘sellout" in leaving for a role offered by
the National party.
Mr Jones was shoulder-tapped by Foreign Affairs Minister
Murray McCully earlier this year about taking a new role
working on New Zealand's economic development aid programme
across the Pacific and in other small developing countries.
‘‘I think people who know me well realise that I've got
significant credentials of an economic nature," Mr Jones said
‘‘The Maoris have a saying; 'the kumara doesn't boast of its
own sweetness' so I have got to be careful what I say, but I
came from very senior position in the fishing industry before
I came an MP and I've always felt that economic matters in
Pacific - there's more that we can do as a country."
Mr Jones said his valedictory speech would not contain
‘‘anything hurtful or particularly explosive".
‘‘It will be colourful and reflect the journey that I took as
a New Zealand lad from the Far North [that] washed up in
‘‘I think although I've been a significant player in the
Labour Party, there's a whole bunch of other people left
behind, they're going to carry the fight forward.
‘‘I'm going to go on and do other things - hopping out of the
Labour parliamentary waka today, and I wish all my colleagues
When he announced his resignation last month, Mr Jones said
he had worked hard to expose Countdown's alleged mistreatment
of New Zealand suppliers. His campaign forced a Commerce
Commission investigation into the issue.