11 Oct 2016

Goff bows out of Beehive

9:33 pm on 11 October 2016

After a 32-year career in Parliament, Labour and Mount Roskill MP Phil Goff has stepped down.

Labour MP Phil Goff.

Phil Goff has resigned from Parliament to be the mayor of Auckland. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Mr Goff delivered his valedictory speech to the house tonight, as he leaves to take up the role of Mayor of Auckland.

Mr Goff entered Parliament in 1981, when he was just 28 years old.

During his speech he reflected on being New Zealand's youngest ever Cabinet member at 32 and leading the party during the 2011 election.

He said his highlights were negotiating the China free trade agreement when he was Trade Minister, and introducing legislation allowing foreign fee-paying students in New Zealand.

A by-election for Mr Goff's Mount Roskill electorate will be held on 3 December.