Deputy Prime Minister Bill English will seek nomination
for the National Party list and step down as member of
Parliament for Clutha-Southland, which includes the Wakatipu,
at the election next year.
Mr English said in a statement on Friday it had been a
privilege to represent the electorate since 1990 and he would
continue as MP for Clutha-Southland until the election next
''I am strongly committed to the re-election of a John
Key-led government in 2014 and to my roles as deputy prime
minister and minister of finance,'' he said.
''However, representing one of New Zealand's largest
electorates has required considerable travel and time away
from my family, particularly since becoming a minister. I
have therefore decided that it is a good time to strike a
better balance between my family and government