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Kaye to recontest seat after cancer battle

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/12/2016

Nikki Kaye has returned briefly to parliament to join the National caucus in choosing their next leader and says she intends to return to normal duties early next year.

She stood down as a cabinet minister in September after being diagnosed with breast cancer and is still undergoing treatment but revealed on Tuesday that she would return soon and recontest her seat in Auckland Central at next year's general election.

Whether Ms Kaye continues in the civil defence, ACC and youth minister portfolios when she returns will be a matter for the new prime minister, she said.

Ms Kaye described the support of her caucus and other cancer sufferers as "a beautiful thing" while acknowledging the support of Prime Minister John Key, whose shock resignation on Monday prompted her early return.

"I don't want to cry but he has been an incredible rock during this period," she said.

"While I'm gutted for him personally, I'm delighted that Bronagh and Stephie and Max are going to have their dad back and I know that our party is very strong and we will continue to fight and win the next election," she said.

Ms Kaye revealed she would support Mr English in his bid to become the next leader.

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