11 Jun 2021

National MP Nick Smith bids farewell to Parliament

From Morning Report, 6:48 am on 11 June 2021

The long serving National MP Nick Smith has bid farewell to Parliament, leaving many unanswered questions about the spat between himself and a staffer.

He abruptly resigned last week, citing the loss of the Nelson seat and a Parliamentary Service inquiry into a "verbal altercation" in his Wellington office.

But there was no mention of that investigation in his final speech last night, instead he reflected on his long career and honoured a commitment to his son.

Political reporter Katie Scotcher was listening.