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MP exits; one loss, one gain

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OPINION: The loss of one is a major blow, the loss of the other comes not a moment too soon.

That much is clear in the way National chose to honour the retirement of Finance Spokeswoman Amy Adams, compared to the unceremonious addendum allowed to typically-truant Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott.

Adams' contribution to New Zealand politics has been profound; understated, of a high calibre, and incredibly efficient - much like her personal reputation within Parliament.

Now she'll retire at the 2020 election, and has handed her portfolios of shadow finance and shadow attorney-general to Paul Goldsmith and Tim Macindoe respectively.

* National Party's Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott to stand down before 2020 general election
* Amy Adams retiring at the 2020 election
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Both will be safe pairs of hands, and Goldsmith has risen as a well-researched and dogged Opposite marksman to the keeper of the key to unlocking regional growth - Shane Jones.

Hutt South MP Chris Bishop has made a jump worth noting as well, taking on Goldsmith's old portfolios of Regional........

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