Labour Member of Parliament Nanaia Mahuta has been bumped up six places on the party's list, released yesterday afternoon, making her 6th overall and the top-ranked Maori MP.
The MP for Hauraki-Waikato said she was pleased for the region as there was a real prospect of having four labour MPs from it, with Sue Moroney, Tamati Coffey and Rachel Jones all ranking high on the list.
"In terms of having a Labour presence, I think people will feel encouraged by the list. People can take heart from the list and the breadth and depth of talent that Labour is taking into the 2014 election."
Mahuta said women were well represented on the list, with 34 chosen following a gender quota the party passed last year to boost female representation in Parliament. She said Maori were also well represented on the "diverse" list.
Mahuta's colleague MP Sue Moroney retained her position at No 10. Moroney, who will be standing for Hamilton West, said she was excited to work with the new talent emerging in the Labour party and hoped to have more Waikato MPs in Parliament to share the workload - as she and Mahuta had been "spread quite thinly".
Coffey, who was placed at No 30, said while he was elated about his placing, he was keeping his eyes on the prize. "I'm still gunning for the seat here in Rotorua, make no mistake about that," he said.
As expected, leader David Cunliffe and his deputy took out the top two slots, followed by Grant Robertson and Annette King.
The party list determines which MPs can enter Parliament without winning an electorate seat.
Holly Dove is a Massey University journalism student.
- Waikato Times