13 Oct 2010

First Pacific woman in NZ parliament quitting

4:21 pm on 13 October 2010

The first Pacific Island woman to become a Member of Parliament in New Zealand bows out of politics on Friday.

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban says she's feeling positive about leaving politics after 11 years.

Ms Laban was first elected as a list MP and also served as a Minister of Pacific Island Affairs and Associate Trade Minister.

The MP for Mana gave her valedictory speech to the House on Tuesday.

She says she felt it was time for a change of direction, but she will miss some things.

"I'm going to miss probably the day to day banter at parliament and the people side of it. But Pacific people do that all the time and it will certainly continue with the new role."

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban starts her new job as assistant Vice-Chancellor Pasifika at Victoria University on November the 1st.