There are few surprises in National’s party list with the top candidates ranked according to their seniority in cabinet.
The cabinet ministers fill all top rankings on the list released yesterday, apart from Speaker and list MP David Carter at No 3.
The party’s whips and existing members of Parliament then follow before non-MPs are listed.
Former Prime Minister John Key’s former adviser Nicola Willis is the highest ranked non-MP on the list at No 48.
National currently has 59 seats in Parliament, 40 of which are electorate seats and 19 of which are list MPs.
If the party repeated its performance from the 2014 election, then 13 new MPs and 47 returning MPs would gain a seat in Parliament this year, party president Peter Goodfellow said.
“This is National’s most diverse list ever,” he said.
“We’re incredibly proud to represent New Zealanders from all walks of life, with a range of ethnicities and backgrounds.
“We’ve got businesspeople, teachers, farmers, community advocates, scientists, and a pilot just to name a few.”
Twelve National MPs are retiring this election, including Mr Key, former Education Minister Hekia Parata, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully and Todd Barclay in Clutha-Southland.
Mr Barclay is retiring from his seat after being embroiled in a scandal involving the recording of one of his staff member’s conversations.
There is no replacement yet for him on the party list, but that candidate will be ranked No 68 once they have been chosen. NZN