11 Aug 2017

Over and out - Annette King's valedictory

From The House , 5:20 pm on 11 August 2017

Labour's Annette King was first elected, unexpectedly, to Parliament in 1984 in the swing left after Robert Muldoon's 'schnapps election'.

After 15 years in government and 15 years in opposition she has now decided it's time to retire. Annette King delivered her farewell address to parliament and to a packed gallery.

Granny Annie, as she referred to herself, gave a speech that was brimming with jokes, historical observations and with calls to action. You can listen to it below in its entirety.

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Annette King cracks a joke to the delight of Jacinda Ardern, whom she predicted would become "one of our most loved and effective leaders and Prime Ministers". Photo: VNP / Phil Smith