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National's list promotes strength and diversity

Judy Kirk National Party President

17 August 2008

National's list promotes strength and diversity

The National Party's 2008 list promotes strength and diversity, says Judy Kirk, National Party President.

Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga (Maungakiekie) has been ranked at number 35, Hekia Parata (Mana) at 36, Melissa Lee (list) at number 37, Kanwal Bakshi (Manukau East) at 38 and Paul Quinn (Hutt South) at number 48.

"The diversity and individual strengths of the candidates is outstanding. It is a list that truly blends experience with new talent."

The Party has 17 women in the top 60 and all National's returning MPs have been ranked on the list in the top 50.

"We've had a strong caucus over the last parliamentary term, all of whom have worked very hard. By placing them all in the top 50 we are presenting a united and experienced team who are now able to get on with job of campaigning hard for the party vote."

Youth is represented through Aaron Gilmore (Christchurch East) and Nikki Kaye (Auckland Central) ranked at 56 and 57 respectively.

Provincial New Zealand is also well represented with new talent. Simon Bridges (Tauranga) is ranked at number 51, Amy Adams (Selwyn) 52, Louise Upston (Taupo) 53, Todd McClay (Rotorua) at 54 and Tim Macindoe (Hamilton West) at 55. All are expected to campaign strongly to win their seats.

National's Campaign Chair Steven Joyce (list) is the highest ranked new candidate, at number 16 on the list.

Judy Kirk says this is the strongest list the National Party has put together for some time.

"The Party is very proud to be able to put forward such a talented team of people who are ready to serve their country and help build a stronger future for all New Zealanders."

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Name

Electorate

1. John Key

Helensville

2. Hon Bill English

Clutha-Southland

3. Gerry Brownlee

Ilam

4. Simon Power

Rangitikei

5. Hon Dr Nick Smith

Nelson

6. Hon Tony Ryall

Bay of Plenty

7. Judith Collins

Clevedon

8. Hon Maurice Williamson

Pakuranga

9. David Carter

List

10. Anne Tolley

East Coast

11. Hon Murray McCully

East Coast Bays

12. Dr Hon Lockwood Smith

Rodney

13. Dr Wayne Mapp

North Shore

14. Chris Finlayson

Rongotai

15. Tim Groser

New Lynn

16. Steven Joyce

List

17. Hon Georgina Te Heuheu

List

18. Nathan Guy

Otaki

19. Lindsay Tisch

Waikato

20. Pansy Wong

Botany

21. John Carter

Northland

22. Phil Heatley

Whangarei

23. Dr Paul Hutchison

Hunua

24. Shane Ardern

Taranaki - King Country

25. Dr Richard Worth

Epsom

26. Hon Tau Henare

Te Atatu

27. Sandra Goudie

Coromandel

28. Eric Roy

Invercargill

29. Dr Jonathan Coleman

Northcote

30. Kate Wilkinson

Waimakariri

31. Chris Tremain

Napier

32. Chester Burrows

Whanganui

33. Craig Foss

Tukituki

34. Allan Peachey

Tamaki

35. Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

Maungakiekie

36. Hekia Parata

Mana

37. Melissa Lee

List

38. Kanwal Bakshi

Manukau East

39. Jo Goodhew

Rangitata

40. Jacqui Dean

Waitaki

41. Paula Bennett

Waitakere

42. Chris Auchinvole

West Coast Tasman

43. Nicky Wagner

Christchurch Central

44. David Bennett

Hamilton East

45. Dr Jackie Blue

Mt Roskill

46. Katrina Shanks

Ohariu

47. Colin King

Kaikoura

48. Paul Quinn

Hutt South

49. Michael Woodhouse

Dunedin North

50. John Hayes

Wairarapa

51. Simon Bridges

Tauranga

52. Amy Adams

Selwyn

53. Louise Upston

Taupo

54. Todd McClay

Rotorua

55. Tim Macindoe

Hamilton West

56. Aaron Gilmore

Christchurch East

57. Nikki Kaye

Auckland Central

58. Dr Cam Calder

Manurewa

59. Dr Conway Powell

Dunedin South

60. Stephen Franks

Wellington Central

61. Marc Alexander

Wigram

62. Malcolm Plimmer

Palmerston North

63. Mita Harris

Mangere

64. Terry Heffernan

Port Hills

65. Ravi Musuku

Mt Albert

66. Jonathan Young

New Plymouth

67. Richard Whiteside

Rimutaka

68. Paul O'Brien

List

69. Youngshin Watkins

List

70. Hamuera Mitchell

List

71. Viv Gurrey

List

72. Dugald McLean

List

73. Simon O'Connor

List

ENDS

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