Nick Smith has been confirmed as the National Party candidate for Nelson for next year's general election while list MP Maryan Street will contest the seat for Labour.
Dr Smith said it would be his sixth time contesting the seat.
He had been a member of parliament for 17 years, 11 of those in Nelson and six representing Tasman.
Dr Smith said he was confident of his chances as "Labour was on the ropes" and he was hearing people wanted change, but he wasn't taking anything for granted.
National had never won the party vote in Nelson and his aim would be to win every booth in the electorate.
Electorate chairman Russell Wilson said Dr Smith was unanimously chosen by the Nelson National Party at a meeting on Monday night.
Dr Smith was an experienced and effective member of parliament and the party was delighted he was committed to serving Nelson for a further three years.
Ms Street said no one else had put their hand up to contest the seat for the Labour Party and she would be officially launched as its candidate at a function on November 23. "I'm very excited about it, I think it's fantastic."
She was looking forward to the challenge of campaigning over the next year.
She would start by targeting the wide group of people who had benefited from changes introduced by the Labour Government, she said.
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