National's newest MP from Manawatu

Last updated 13:51 23/01/2014
REPLACEMENT: Whanganui-based list MP Joanne Hayes.
SWORN IN: Joanne Hayes, a former chairwoman of the National Party's Palmerston North Branch, is officially a new MP for the party.

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The Electoral Commission has confirmed the selection of a new MP from the Manawatu.

Joanne Hayes, a former chairwoman of the National Party's Palmerston North Branch, has been confirmed as a new MP for the party.

Mrs Hayes enters Parliament as the next MP on National's list after the resignation of Katrina Shanks late last year.

The Commission announced last night it had confirmed her election.

Ms Hayes stood unsuccessfully for National in Dunedin South at the last election after she missed out on the candidacy for Palmerston North.

National's 2011 candidate in the city, Leonie Hapeta, is now on the Palmerston North City Council.

Ms Hayes told the Manawatu Standard last month she was unsure if she would stand in Palmerston North at the next election.

The city's candidacy would have to be discussed with the party, she said.

Ms Hayes, who is of Ngati Porou, Ati Haunui A Paparangi, and Rangitaane ki Wairarapa descent, was the director of community relations at UCOL until her call up to Parliament.

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- Manawatu Standard

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