Candidate not fazed by low listing

00:42, Jun 25 2014

Labour's Kaikoura candidate Janette Walker has been placed at 46 on the party's list.

Walker told the Express yesterday she didn't have any expectations before the list was revealed.

"You put your hat in the ring and expect the best you can," she said.

The Labour list was strategically chosen to create a balanced representation in Parliament that reflected New Zealand society, she said.

"The National Party is still a bit of a white boys club," she said.

"The Labour list has a really diverse range that probably represents New Zealand well."


Walker would continue to campaign hard and was fully committed to winning the seat for Labour, she said.

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.

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.

Nelson-based Labour list MP Maryan Street has improved one place to 15th spot on the party list and is almost certain to return to Parliament for a fourth term.

Street, in Parliament since 2007 and a former party president, is once again contesting the Nelson electorate but has said that her goal is to win back the party vote rather than to unseat the seemingly impregnable National MP Nick Smith.

She had expected to stay in 16th spot and going up one place was "a good result".

"What I am pleased about is the injection of new people into the party list," Street said. "We've got a list that has in total 34 women and 30 men but we need to do that in order to get to the kind of gender balance we're aiming for eventually over time."

The Marlborough Express