Speaker Trevor Mallard, MP Kris Faafoi to retire from politics

Speaker Trevor Mallard and Justice and Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi are both leaving politics, Jacinda Ardern has announced on Monday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Mallard had been under pressure over his handling of protesters at Parliament saw him turning on sprinklers and blasting music, before issuing trespass notices to former politicians.

He is set to take up a diplomatic post in Europe.

Kris Faafoi (left) and Trevor Mallard are departing Parliament.

Faafoi came into Parliament for the Mana electorate in 2010 during a by-election. He picked up the Immigration portfolio from former Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

After the 2020 election, Faafoi was given the Justice portfolio. He was previously a reporter at TVNZ.

He expressed a desire to move on during Election 2020, and had asked to leave 18 months ago, but Ardern asked him to give it a year.

"He goes with the love and thanks of his colleagues," she said.

“Minister Kris Faafoi has decided to leave Parliament to spend more time with his family as his son starts school.

“Kris made the move onto the list at the last election and I’m grateful for the significant work he undertook this term in resetting our immigration and public broadcasting settings. He goes with the love and thanks of his colleagues for his contribution over many years.

“After the 2020 election Trevor told me he wanted to transition out of the role of Speaker over the course of this term to allow someone else the opportunity and to take on new challenges himself. He has worked closely with Adrian for that purpose. He will leave the chair in mid-August and take up a post in Europe from early 2023.

“Trevor will be the third of our five most recent Speakers to represent New Zealand abroad in a diplomatic posting.

“Dan Rosewarne and Soraya Peke-Mason will replace Kris and Trevor from the Labour List."