One of the high profile veterans of National Party politics, Steven Joyce has announced he will be quitting Parliament.
Radio New Zealand’s political editor Jane Patterson said Joyce, as well as being a senior minister in the last government, was a campaign strategist and all-round trouble shooter.
She said Joyce, a dominant figure in the nine years under John Key and Bill English, is the latest of National's old guard to opt for a life outside of politics.
He has gone on his own terms and would not have been humiliated by new leader Simon Bridges, having been offered a front bench position and his pick of portfolios - except the coveted finance role.
Patterson said Joyce has been a pragmatic politician, given hard jobs like fixing the Novopay debacle, but also one who adapted quickly to the new reality of opposition after the election.
In announcing Joyce’s plan to depart, National Party president Peter Goodfellow said Joyce has had a long involvement with the party since coming on-board as general manager in 2003.
Goodfellow said that as campaign chairman of National’s last five campaigns, “his relentless focus has seen us achieve more than 44% party vote in four of those elections, something that has never happened for a party under MMP.”