As some of you may know I committed to standing for National in the Rimutaka electorate in 2017, following the 2014 election. I've been working towards that goal over the past two and a bit years.
However recent personal events mean that this is no longer possible. Since the 2014 election, Jen and I have started a family and I now need to put my family first.
I realise this puts the Rimutaka electorate National Party in a difficult position in terms of selection, but I believe there are plenty of other worthy candidates for the seat. We are in a healthy position in terms of fundraising and I thank the electorate committee for their fantastic work.