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Kiri Allan Won't Run For Re-Election In October


Kiri Allan will not stand for re-election in October's general election.


It comes after the East Coast MP was arrested in Wellington on Sunday night, for crashing into a parked car.


Allan resigned from her ministerial roles yesterday amidst charges in relation to Sunday night's crash.


In an Instagram post Allan said many placed their trust and and confidence in her as a political leader.


"I have let my electorate down, my Party down, and all those that relied on me," Allan said.


Allan apologised to Prime Minister Chris Hipkins for what she describes as undermining him and "the trust you placed in me to do an important job for New Zealand."


"I cannot express the remorse I feel. I am so, so sorry."


The post also saw her apologise to her colleagues and party members, describing "how full of anger towards myself for letting you all down."


"I pray my actions do not impact the political landscape - my actions were mine, and mine alone."


She also apologised to "the awesome people of the Mighty East Coast" and thanked people for their messages of love and support.


"I am so proud to have been your representative in Parliament, and I am so sorry to have let you down in a time when our region is hurting so much.


Allan said she will continue to serve the East Coast as MP and that "my offices are open with our arms wide open."


"I tried to dare greatly, my face marred by dust and sweat and blood and I hope that there were benefits for the people and places I represented by being in the arena. I erred, many times, and kept trying to battle for our people that needed the most."


"For now, it’s time to step out of the arena. I'm not sure how long for, or if I’ll return, but my focus is now on trying to find a different kind of strength to serve our people and our place."


Allan concluded the post, by saying that she needs to take time to "heal myself and chart a new course for my life."


In the comments section of her Instagram post, Allan quoted former US President Teddy Roosevelt in a speech, that's known as The Man In The Arena.


"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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