Labour has revealed its list - which is made up of more women than men following a gender quota the party passed last year to ensure women were represented in Parliament.
The party list determines which MPs can enter Parliament without winning an electorate seat. The number who enter from the list is determined by the party's share of the overall party vote.
Labour's list is made up of 30 men and 34 women, with women making up nine of the top 20 candidates. A further 16 men and five women are standing only for electorates.
Policy analyst Priyanca Radhakrishnan, small business owner Rachel Jones from Tauranga and former TVNZ presenter Tamati Coffey were the top ranked non-MPs on the list.
Five sitting MPs - Ruth Dyson, Kris Faafoi, Clare Curran, Trevor Mallard and Rino Tirikatene - have opted off the list as has Napier candidate Stuart Nash.
Radhakrishnan, is ranked 23, Jones 25 and Coffey, who is standing in Rotorua, is at 30.
As expected leader David Cunliffe and his deputy take out the top two slots, followed by Grant Robertson, Annette King, Jacinda Ardern and Nanaia Mahuta, who is the top-ranked Maori MP.
Maungakiekie candidate Carol Beaumont has slipped from 22 to 26.
NOT ON LIST
Curran, the Dunedin South MP, was ranked 28 in 2011 but was not on today's list. She would not comment beyond a short statement this afternoon.
"I made a decision to withdraw from the list. I'm focused on winning Dunedin South for Labour and a hundred per cent committed to campaigning for the party vote. Not just in Dunedin but across the region, Otago-Southland region. And that's all I'm saying, okay?"
Mallard, the Hutt South MP, said he made the decision not go on on the list before the moderating committee met "in order to give people like Kelvin [Davis] a chance to be higher".
He said he did not pull his name based on where he expected to be put, saying his caucus ranking of 17 out of 34 MPs gave an indication of where he would fit on the list.
"It just gives him an advantage."
The decision was made in light of this year's changes to electorate boundaries which he says caused him to lose "more than half" of his 4825 majority in Hutt South.
"I've never ever taken an electorate for granted but I also really like being a constituency MP and only being a list one has no appeal at all."
Party president Moira Coatsworth said the list was ''an outstanding group of talented New Zealanders".
"The party's renewal and the number of skilled candidates meant that the biggest challenge was having to rank 64 people of such high calibre. We are excited by the skilled, experienced people we expect to join our Caucus team."
Cunliffe said he was delighted at the ''fantastic array of talented candidates''.
On Twitter at least some were excited about the diversity of the list.
All the ladies! #labourlist
— Sophie Rapson (@SophRapson) June 23, 2014
#LabourList stunning Line-up, clearly represents the diversity of NZ; 5 Māori in top 20, of which 4 are wahine; 7 Māori in top 35
— Gaylene Nepia (@gaylene_nepia) June 23, 20140
Prime Minister John Key National would not be introducing a gender quota to its list selection.
"I don't think that would be appropriate. In the end we're going to try and attract the best quality candidates to stand for National. I hope there are good mixtures of men and women who chose to do that, just like there's a good mixture of ages and ethnicities, but in the end we want to select people on the basis of ability and what they bring to Parliament," he said.
"I think if the basis of solely bringing someone in because they're a male or a female, it's disrespectful to that person and I don't think it's the right way to go."
If the electorate system meant mainly white men became candidates, Key said the MMP system allowed for the list to be used "to make sure that balance is rectified".
Key said he was not surprised that a number of current MPs had elected not to go on Labour's list.
"I suspect their motivations are that they know their rankings won't be terribly high.
Nothing surprised him about Labour's list "other than someone would really want to be on it".
1 David Cunliffe
2 David Parker
3 Grant Robertson
4 Annette King
5 Jacinda Ardern
6 Nanaia Mahuta
7 Phil Twyford
8 Clayton Cosgrove
9 Chris Hipkins
10 Sue Moroney
11 Andrew Little
12 Louisa Wall
13 David Shearer
14 Su'a William Sio
15 Maryan Street
16 Phil Goff
17 Moana Mackey
18 Kelvin Davis
19 Meka Whaitiri
20 Megan Woods
21 Raymond Huo
22 Damien O'Connor
23 Priyanca Radhakrishnan
24 Iain Lees-Galloway
25 Rachel Jones
26 David Clark
27 Carol Beaumont
28 Poto Williams
29 Carmel Sepuloni
30 Tamati Coffey
31 Jenny Salesa
32 Liz Craig
33 Deborah Russell
34 Willow-Jean Prime
35 Jerome Mika
36 Tony Milne
37 Virginia Andersen
38 Claire Szabo
39 Michael Wood
40 Arena Williams
41 Hamish McDouall
42 Anjum Rahman
43 Sunny Kaushal
44 Christine Greer
45 Penny Gaylor
46 Janette Walker
47 Richard Hills
48 Shanan Halbert
49 Anahila Suisuiki
50 Clare Wilson
51 James Dann
52 Kelly Ellis
53 Corie Haddock
54 Jamie Strange
55 Katie Paul
56 Steven Gibson
57 Chao-Fu Wu
58 Paul Grimshaw
59 Tracey Dorreen
60 Tofik Mamedov
61 Hikiera Toroa
62 Hugh Tyler
63 Susan Elliot
64 Simon Buckingham
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