North Shore Times : January 17th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 20 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 17, 2013 NEWS The Cut complementary o er applies to new subscribers only. All new and existing subscribers are automatically entered in the Queenstown PGA Championship trip draw -- to be drawn on February 4, 2013. O er ends February 1, 2013. Not available in conjunction with any other o er. Total subscription price is $101.40 for 12 months. For full terms and conditions visit sundaystartimes.co.nz/subscribe. SUBSCRIPTION OFFER To subscribe visit sundaystartimes.co.nz/subscribe OR call 0800 SUNDAY (786 329) Subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times today from just $1.95 per week and we'll send you a years subscription to The Cut magazine. Tee off your Sunday with Sunday Star-Times Go to sundaystartimes.co.nz/subscribe for prize details WINa trip to NZ PGA in Queenstown Subscribe & be in to Valued at $2,800 + Swansong for MP as he heads to London Singing MP: Lockwood Smith sings at an Age Concern Christmas concert in Orewa's Centrestage Theatre. He has also performed regularly at Warkworth's Carols by Candlelight. London life: Lockwood Smith will be drawing on a vast array of experiences for his new position of New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK. By KERRY GALLAGHER Any regrets Lockwood Smith has about his appointment in London are more about leaving home than departing Parliament. The Speaker of the House, former Cabinet minister and immediate past Rodney MP has been appointed New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and will leave for London to take up the post in March. Dr Smith says the appointment represents an exciting challenge but is tinged with sadness. From our home on the farm we look across 30km over the northern Wairoa River to the coast and from the residence in London I don t think you can see very far at all. There s no lawn and no garden, Dr Smith says. It s going to be quite a wrench leaving the home and area but it s a wonderful opportunity to do something for New Zealand. When these opportunities come along it s my belief that you have to grab them -- that s what life is all about. Dr Smith will not be sell- ing his Ruawai farm because he intends returning. The farm will be managed and he will continue to breed his prize-winning Belgian blue bulls. He s been a longtime entrant in agricultural shows but the upcoming Warkworth and North Kai- para shows will be his last for a while. Another last came with his final appear- ance at Age Concern Rod- ney s annual concert last month which served as an emotional farewell. A classi- cally trained opera singer, Dr Smith had compered the show for the past decade. The move will also be a big change for Dr Smith s wife Alexandra, who has been an education professional for nearly 40 years. She is now a counsellor at Otamatea High School and will probably leave in March. But Dr Smith will find Parliament easier to leave behind. After three decades as an MP and four years as Speaker of the House, he says the timing is right, hav- ing done all I can realisti- cally do here . He will step aside as Spea- ker of the House when Par- liament resumes on January 29 and will resign as a Natio- nal list MP in February. He will then embark on a three-week induction pro- gramme with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade before he leaves. A farewell speech in Par- liament could be delivered on February 14, Valentine s Day, he says. Dr Smith was first elected in 1984 as the MP for Kai- para. He represented this electorate until it was aboli- shed in 1996 during the shift to MMP. Since then he has been the Rodney representa- tive up to 2011. He was minister of edu- cation from 1990 until 1996, when he took up the agricul- ture and trade negotiation portfolios. He has also been minister for international trade and tourism, as well as holding responsibilities as deputy finance minister, associate minister of immigration (international access and processing), and minister responsible for Contact Energy. With such a diverse range of experiences, he says it is difficult to identify one as a proudest achievement. Highlights include putting in place the 100% Pure Cam- paign; various reforms in education that are still in place; the producer board reform that led to the devel- opment of Fonterra, and work that has led to the Trans Pacific Partnership currently being negotiated. He was also the first trade minister in the world to attempt to sign up China to the World Trade Organis- ation. Dr Smith s post in the UK could be about three years but he says it depends on how successful he is. Prime Minister John Key, whose Helensville electorate borders the Rodney seat, says: Lockwood Smith has had a distinguished political career and his nomination is a mark of the high esteem in which he is held.
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