Doocey could stand for Waimakariri

National's unsuccessful Christchurch East by-election candidate has hinted he may stand in another seat at this year's general election.

Nominations open next Monday for National candidates to replace outgoing Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson, and Matthew Doocey yesterday admitted the chance to stand "in my own electorate" was something that excited him.

He lost the Christchurch East by-election to Labour's Poto Williams by nearly 5000 votes but is still rated highly by party officials.

Nominations for the Waimakariri seat close on February 10 and Doocey said he would have to make a decision on his political future by that date.

During the by-election campaign, Doocey said he "went into it thinking I would try to stand" in the same seat again, but that was before Wilkinson revealed she was quitting this year.

"I was clear in the by-election that I went into it thinking I would stand there in the general election but now with Kate stepping down, there's a chance to stand in my own electorate. I have to weigh that up."

Doocey lives in Redwood, parts of which could yet move into Christchurch Central with proposed boundary changes.

While he was "pretty focused" on the birth of his first child in March, Doocey said the election gave him "something to think about."

He denied he was leaning towards standing in the Waimakariri electorate.

"I'm just saying I've got an option I didn't think I would have. With Kate gone, there's a chance to stand in my own electorate but I've probably got to think that through."

The Press