North Shore Times : December 17th 2010
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Friday, December 17, 2010 Apartments from $220,000 Hopper Developments Ltd Gain the freedom to sit back & enjoy life Phone now on 09 427 0090 / 0800 629 476 View us on Trade Me Properties 65 Tauranga Place, Orewa / www.maygroveorewa.co.nz New route for Mapp Leaving Parliament: Shore MP and Cabinet Minister Wayne Mapp, pictured with wife Denese Henare, is stepping down. Photo: GRAHAME COX By LIZ WILLIS THE scruffy'' state of Taka- puna's town centre is among the biggest disappointments for National MP Wayne Mapp as he prepares to leave Parliament. Dr Mapp will not stand for the North Shore seat in 2011 and predicts a hot contest to pick a new candidate as it's been a safe seat for National since 1949. He has held the seat since 1996 and served in Cabinet, with ministerial roles in defence and science and inno- vation, following Prime Min- ister John Key's election. Dr Mapp says fixing Taka- puna's image is a role for local government but it remains a lingering disap- pointment for him. The street scape is incred- ibly scruffy. What should be one of New Zealand's premier shop- ping destinations, unfortunately is not,'' he says. He is pleased with infra- structure improvements like the northern busway, improvements to schools, the planned North Shore Hos- pital extension and the new Shore police head- quarters. His ministerial roles in defence and science and inno- vation are the highlight of his political career. Dr Mapp's unusual appointment as political correctness eradicator by for- mer prime minister Don Brash certainly wasn't. The appointment followed a speech on the issue but he was surprised when Dr Brash gave him the role and didn't really take to it. The death of six military personnel, including three on board a military helicopter that crashed near Wellington and a Kiwi soldier serving in Afghanistan in the British Army, made it a difficult year as defence minister, he says. But Dr Mapp is pleased with the release of a Defence White Paper that outlines an achieveable framework'' to meet New Zealand's security needs for the next 20 years. Dr Mapp says he's achieved big reforms in science with changes over the last two years to achieve economic growth from this area. The North Shore MP says he's 59 and it was time to decide whether or not to serve one more term. Dr Mapp says it is the right time to stand down because he's achieved his goals as a minister to set strategies. The North Shore expects the new candidate to be both an effective MP and a poten- tial Cabinet minister, Dr Mapp says. Dr Mapp is married to top lawyer Denese Henare and hasn't made a decision about his future outside Parlia- ment. Before entering politics he was an associate professor in commercial law at Auckland University and has served as a captain in the Royal New Zealand Territorial Army. Dr Mapp is a private pilot, sails, scuba dives and has done most of New Zealand's great walks.
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