Labour MP Louisa Wall has announced she’s retiring from politics after 14 years in Parliament.
Wall was first elected in 2008 as a Labour List MP and she also held the seat of Manurewa from 2011 to 2020.
During her political career she introduced the law change for marriage equality for same-sex couples. Recently, she’s been involved in advancing legislation in the case of surrogate child Paige Harris and currently has a Bill going through the House.to explicitly protect journalists' sources. She is known as one of the most successful MPs in getting her Member's Bills pulled from the ballot. This year she also succeeded in changing the law to ban intimate image sharing without consent and to create safe zones around abortion clinics.
“It’s been an honour to represent and provide a voice in parliament to those who are so often unheard,” Wall said.
“In both my parliamentary and electorate work I’ve focused on giving a voice to communities and the vulnerable. I am proud of the work I’ve led to make Aotearoa/New Zealand a more inclusive country.
She added that her resignation is a result of “events during the 2020 election”.
She gave up trying to defend her Manurewa electorate seat following a legal battle over who was allowed to stand for Labour's nomination.
"My resignation has come about following events during the 2020 election. Leaving parliament is always tinged with some sadness but I do so still passionate about serving New Zealanders," Wall said.
"While I’m resigning from parliament at this time, I’ll continue to be involved in the issues I am passionate about; particularly indigenous rights, human rights, equality and the rights of women and the LGBTQI+ community."
Aside from her political career, Wall is a former Black Fern and Silver Fern, a lawyer and mum-of-two. She is of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Tūhoe and Ngai Tahu descent.
Lemauga Lydia Sosene is the next person on Labour's List and is likely to replace Wall.