List MP to run in Chch

IN THE RUNNING: National MP Joanne Hayes.
IN THE RUNNING: National MP Joanne Hayes.

Manawatu-based National list MP Joanne Hayes will run for the party in Christchurch East this election.

Hayes, who entered Parliament this year, was confirmed as National's candidate for the Labour-held seat last night.

"Joanne has been a valuable member of our caucus as a list MP and will work hard for Christchurch East," said National Party regional chair Roger Bridge.

Hayes, who unsuccessfully sought the nomination for Wairarapa last month, said she was proud to earn National's nomination and was looking forward to the campaign.

"National is making real progress on the Christchurch rebuild, building a stronger economy with more jobs, and supporting hard-working families. Christchurch communities are seeing the benefits of a government that is focused on what matters and putting the needs of Christchurch at the top of the agenda," Hayes said.

Hayes, who lives with husband Pat on their Manawatu farm, was director of community relations for UCOL's Whanganui campus before she entered Parliament this year.

After an unsuccessful bid for the National Party nomination in the Palmerston North electorate in 2011, when she lost out to Leonie Hapeta, Hayes was chosen as the party's Dunedin South candidate. She went on to lose that election to Labour's Claire Curran before entering Parliament this year on National's list.

There had been speculation Hayes would seek the Palmerston North seat again this year after failing to get the Wairarapa nomination.

The Palmerston North nomination was given to Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor.

Manawatu Standard