Fleeting former National Party leader Todd Muller will step down as a Member of Parliament for the Bay of Plenty at the 2023 election.
Muller made the announcement on Wednesday, saying, “I hope to give the National Party and my local branches ample time to find their next candidate.”
“This has been a difficult decision because being a Member of Parliament is a huge privilege, but it does come at a cost,” Muller said.
“I have decided that I need to prioritise my health and family and move onto the next chapter of my life.”
Muller and former National MP Nikki Kaye ousted Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett as leader and deputy in May 2020.
Less than two months later, Muller made a shock resignation, citing the toll the position had taken on his mental health.
His tenure as leader was marred by scandals involving low-level National MPs, which Muller struggled to get on top of.
Muller and Kaye were succeeded by Judith Collins and Shane Reti.
“The highlight of my role is undoubtedly serving my local community,” Muller said.
“I particularly enjoy working with my various local communities from Papamoa to Omokoroa pushing hard for the amenities and infrastructure that our growing region deserves. I can assure them all I won’t stop advocating for mental health facilities, after hours A&E and roads for my remaining time as their MP.
“At a national level I am very proud of the work I did with James Shaw in creating bi-partisan support for climate action and achieving cross party support for the Zero Carbon Act.
“I look forward to working out my term with the National team. In the meantime, I am on pre-approved leave for the next five weeks, to care for my wife who is undergoing a significant medical procedure. I will return to Parliament after the winter recess.”