29 Jun 2020

National MP Paula Bennett bows out of politics

From Checkpoint, 5:23 pm on 29 June 2020

National MP Paula Bennett is bowing out of politics, to pursue a career in "the business world".

Mrs Bennett was ousted as deputy leader and the campaign chair in Todd Muller and Nikki Kaye's leadership coup last month.

She says her decision to retire is not a sign of a lack of confidence in the new leadership - but rather the right time for her to move on to the next chapter.

Her departure leaves only one Māori in National's top 20, and after coming under fire for a lack of diversity, Mr Muller says another reshuffle is on the way.

RNZ's political reporter Yvette McCullough has the details.