The big question for delegates to ask board members and the regional chair is who is going to take one for the team and run in Palmerston North, Rimutaka, Hutt South and Wellington Central?
In 2014 National will be losing support, and will lose electorates. MPs who lose their electorates will be utterly convinced they are vital to National and demand safe list positions. So there will not be many new list MPs, especially if they parachute in a few people who do not stand in seats.
This makes it really difficult for National to get candidates to run for them, unless they have looked after the candidates over the previous few years. National are notorious for not looking after anyone, so they probably will do nothing for aspiring candidates, and will be shocked when candidates donâ€™t want to take six months off work, spend a lot of their own money and get nothing back for it.