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Matthew Hooton leaves National Party job, too much commuting to Wellington


Report from RNZ
Matthew Hooton says the prospect of continuing to commute to Wellington helped him decide to resign from his job with the National Party, just months after he was hired.

Hooton drew scrutiny and withdrew from media commentary in May, when he offered advice to Todd Muller, in the lead-up to Muller’s challenge for leadership of the National Party. He was then hired by the new leader.

“I gave him personal support as a friend,” he told RNZ at the time.

Before that, the political commentator and lobbyist had been a regular on RNZ shows, giving his analysis of New Zealand politics.

Hooton confirmed in a Facebook post today that he has offered his resignation to National leader Judith Collins, telling her he “wanted to finish in Wellington and get back to family and other interests in Auckland”.

“I thanked her and Gerry Brownlee for the opportunity and support they’d given me… and I think they now have a terrific team who has a good chance of winning the election.

“I’m pleased to have contributed to getting some of National’s basic messaging done, including the standard stump speech, and also to have helped kickstart the A to Z policy process again.”


  1. Clint Smith, 1. August 2020, 20:06

    Looking forward to Hoots’ autobiography: 70 days at the heart of politics. [via twitter]

  2. Mavis, 1. August 2020, 22:21

    Another man “wants to spend more time with his family.”
    When will the mantras stop? What a hoot!

  3. Ed Wilson, 2. August 2020, 6:46

    I am surprised at Matt’s idea of a ‘terrific team’. Maybe that was an eyebrows up comment.

  4. Mrs Brown, 2. August 2020, 9:25

    Does anyone else plan to leave? If so, go!

  5. michael, 2. August 2020, 10:30

    So what’s wrong with moving to live close to where your job is = like so many of us ‘mere mortals’ in NZ have to do.

  6. David Derby, 2. August 2020, 21:45

    Yes best get a consultant job for another client, National is going down into receivership.

  7. Graham CA, 3. August 2020, 9:21

    First used his “commentating” role to push his friend’s campaign to replace a competent if not overly popular with the pollsters leader, then moved into a key role with his friend who proved less than competent resulting in a further change and then all of a sudden doesn’t like the commute – Tui Ad coming right up