Reversing her decision to leave politics, Amy Adams says she wanted to use her previous experience working on disasters to help New Zealand recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
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After Simon Bridges wrestled control of the party, she announced plans to leave politics at the end of her term. With Todd Muller in charge, that is no longer the case.
However, sceptical Breakfast host John Campbell this morning said his “BS detector” was high when questioning the National MP repeatedly over her timing, given the party’s change in leadership.
“The world has changed and I know you’re a bit cynical, John,” Ms Adams said, wrestling with Campbell over whether Mr Bridges’ ouster played into her sticking with politics.
“It’s certainly true that we have a leader that I absolutely respect and I see a role for myself to contribute. The big thing for me is always I want to get up and go to work in the morning knowing that what I’m doing has a value and I can contribute.”
Third on National’s list behind its new leader and deputy Nikki Kaye, a new role has been designed for Ms Adams where she’ll be focused on New Zealand’s Covid-19 recovery. She will have “an overarching view” of the response and be coordinating the work alongside National’s other ministers in their own fields.
“After the Canterbury earthquakes we did the same thing. There needs to be a person who has an overview right across all the component parts,” she said, suggesting that such an approach isn’t being seen from the current Government.
“I don’t want my name in the paper, I just want to know that I’m part of helping National and New Zealand get through all of this and Todd came to me and said, ‘Look, we’d really like you to stay.’ And with the way the world had changed I thought, ‘Actually, Amy, that comes first, do that and put the retirement off for a bit.'”
When Ms Adams announced in June that she would retire at the upcoming election she put it down to being burnt out.
Today, she reiterated that that was still the truth and not because of National’s then leadership.
“When I said I was going, I made the point that I was tired and I wanted my life back, and I was. You know, back then I was pretty burnt out – I’d been a senior minister for six years in the [PM John] Key Government. I’d been running the finance portfolio and I was…
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