National has released their list this morning.
Nikki Kaye has gone up to reflect her undeserved cabinet position, Maurice Williamson slides down because he is no longer a minister but he will win his seat in any case.
Of note are numbers 48 (Parmjeet Parma) and 53 (Misa Fia Turner) both ethnic and women in winnable list spots. Simeon Brown at 64 could possibly get there on current polling.
New Wellington based candidates like Chris Bishop have also done reasonably well – recognising that National were¬†under-represented in Wellington. Bishop should make it in on the list but may yet unseat Trevor Mallard in Hutt South.
Overall this is a renewal list, with a potential of 17 new MPs, placing National well ahead in Labour int eh renewal stakes, and positioning the party well for the future. Labour are yet to go through this renewal process and are at least two cycles late.
National mixes experience and new talent in 2014 list
The National Party list for the 2014 election brings together a strong mix of both experienced political leaders and fresh new talent, says National Party President Peter Goodfellow.
“Our 2014 list shows the benefit of our ongoing rejuvenation programme. If National was able to match its election result from 2011, we would bring in as many as 13 new MPs, alongside 46 returning MPs.
“With the depth of talent we have to choose from, settling on a list that balances new blood alongside valuable experience was not an easy task. However, we believe we’ve struck the right mix that will allow for renewal and continued stability in a third term.”
A list ranking committee made up of about 30 delegates from around New Zealand gathered in Wellington yesterday to settle on the List rankings for the¬†September 20¬†election.
Mr Goodfellow believes the list underlines National’s credentials as a strong economic manager which is working hard for all New Zealanders to deliver more jobs, better public services, and higher wages.
“Our list draws on people from all walks of life, from the social sector, to medicine, business, and agriculture. We have a good blend of candidates from a variety of diverse backgrounds.”
Mr Goodfellow says that sitting MPs and Ministers have been broadly ranked in their current order, but also notes there are a number of electorates with new candidates who are likely to join #TeamKey in September.
“The Party is in great heart, and I want to thank all those MPs who are retiring at this election for their contribution to their country. I also want to thank their families for the sacrifices so many of them have made to support a busy MP.
“Despite positive polling the National Party has a huge task ahead to ensure our supporters get out and vote at this election. An unstable far left coalition remains a very real risk to New Zealand’s positive outlook.
We’ll be working very hard until polling day to sell our positive cohesive plan for New Zealand that builds strongly in what the country has achieved over the last six years.”¬† Read more »