Statement From Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon
“Today I spoke to National Party Leader Judith Collins to inform her I will not be contesting the upcoming election.
“As I noted in my maiden speech three years ago, when I was younger I lost three close friends to suicide. It was an extremely difficult period in my life. Unfortunately, recently, another friend took their own life, which has brought back much unresolved grief.
“I have made a number of mistakes and I apologise to those who have been affected.
“Recent events have compounded that situation and reminded me of the need to maintain my own health and wellbeing. I have again been receiving counselling.
“I want to thank Judith for her support during this time and I look forward to helping a new candidate in the Rangitata electorate in any way I can.
“I apologise for this disruption to my colleagues and to those I serve in Mid and South Canterbury.”