Few surprises in the line-up to fight the election revealed by the National Party

Few surprises in the line-up to fight the election revealed by the National Party

The National Party has released its list of candidates and rankings.

It was a largely predictable list, with one notable newcomer being chartered accountant Nancy Lu, who comes on as a list only candidate with a fairly high ranking of 26. 

A notable elevation up the list is West Coast Tasman candidate Maureen Pugh, once infamously referred to by then leader Simon Bridges in a private, but then leaked phone call, as "[expletive deleted] useless". Pugh moves up to 19 from 44 as of the last election. 

Two places are yet to be confirmed on the list as National has not yet finished the selection process for the Auckland Central and Rangitata seats.

(NOTE: After initial posting of this list, Megan Hands was subsequently chosen for Rangitata and Emma Mellow for Auckland Central.)

All party lists are here.

This is the National Party list: 

1 Judith Collins, Papakura
2 Gerry Brownlee, Ilam
3 Paul Goldsmith, Epsom
4 Simon Bridges, Tauranga
5 Dr Shane Reti, Whangarei
6 Todd McClay, Rotorua
7 Chris Bishop, Hutt South
8 Todd Muller, Bay of Plenty
9 Louise Upston, Taupo
10 Scott Simpson, Coromandel
11 David Bennett, Hamilton East
12 Michael Woodhouse, Dunedin
13 Nicola Willis, Wellington Central
14 Jacqui Dean, Waitaki
15 Mark Mitchell, Whangaparaoa
16 Melissa Lee, Mt Albert
17 Andrew Bayly, Port Waikato
18 Dr Nick Smith, Nelson
19 Maureen Pugh, West Coast-Tasman
20 Barbara Kuriger, Taranaki-King Country
21 Harete Hipango, Whanganui
22 Jonathan Young, New Plymouth
23 Tim Macindoe, Hamilton West
24 Kanwaljit Singh Baksh,i Panmure-Otahuhu
25 Paulo Garcia, List
26 Nancy Lu, List
27 Dr Parmjeet Parmar, Mt Roskill
28 Agnes Loheni, Mangere
29 Dale Stephens, Christchurch Central
30 Alfred Ngaro, Te Atatu
31 Matt Doocey, Waimakariri
32 Stuart Smith, Kaikoura
33 Lawrence Yule, Tukituki
34 Denise Lee, Maungakiekie
35 Simon O’Connor, Tamaki
36 Brett Hudson, Ohariu
37 Simeon Brown, Pakuranga
38 Ian McKelvie, Rangitikei
39 Erica Stanford, East Coast Bays
40 Matt King, Northland
41 Chris Penk, Kaipara ki Mahurangi
42 Tim van de Molen, Waikato
43 Dan Bidois, Northcote
44 Jo Hayes, Mana
45 Katie Nimon, Napier
46 Catherine Chu, Banks Peninsula
47 Hamish Campbell, Wigram
48 David Patterson, Rongotai
49 Lisa Whyte, New Lynn
50 Rima Nakhle, Takanini
51 Liam Kernaghan, Taieri
52 Bala Beeram, Kelston
53 Lincoln Platt, Christchurch East
54 William Wood, Palmerston North
55 Nuwi Samarakone, Manurewa
56 Mark Crofskey, Remutaka
57 Jake Bezzant, Upper Harbour
58 Mike Butterick, Wairarapa
59 Tim Costley, Otaki
60 Nicola Grigg, Selwyn
61 Christopher Luxon, Botany
62 Joseph Mooney, Southland
63 Penny Simmonds, Invercargill
64 Tania Tapsell, East Coast
65 Simon Watts, North Shore
66 Emma Mellow, Auckland Central
67 Megan Hands, Rangitata
68 Adrienne Pierce, List
69 Senthuran Arulanantham, List
70 Sang Cho, List
71 Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau,List
72 Trish Collett, List
73 Ava Neal, List
74 Katrina Bungard, List
75 Shelley Pilkingto, List 

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Became disinterested with National as soon as John Key mentioned or muttered with a straight face that we should open back up the country to foreign buyers. There's already enough 'residents' buying up the place.

It's their right as they are residents.. what's the issue?

He said 'residents', not residents.

Nick Smith at 18.. surely time he was put out to pasture.