Simon Power is not going to stand for re-election in November.
He has stood out for National with his competency, and as such was entrusted with the Ministries of Justice, Commerce and State-Owned Enterprises, as well as being Minister Responsible for the Law Commission, Associate Minister of Finance, and Deputy Leader of the House.
Power pushed through major reforms to the criminal justice sector and is still working through liquor laws and changes to financial market rules.
National will really miss their biggest rising star, who surely was the sensible choice to take over the leadership after Key. One of the few ministers to be more likeable, and less extreme – and without taint from the 90s slash-and-burn National government – he also comes across as more competent, if somewhat gung-ho.
This will not help National renewal, with the die-hards Bill English, Tony Ryall, Murray McCully and Maurice Williamson continuing, but the young blood departing.
He is leaving to pursue interests in the private sector.