Auckland property manager Hamish Walker is understood to
be the frontrunner to be named next week as the National
Party's candidate for Dunedin South.
Mr Walker, the managing partner of Walker Weir Property
Management, said in an email to the Otago Daily Times
he was interested in the nomination. However, the rules
prevent him from talking until the selection process is
National Party southern regional chairwoman Ele Ludemann said
nominations closed at noon and the board had to approve
anyone nominated. Anyone approved went to a selection
''We don't give names at this stage and rules prevent anyone
nominated from speaking publicly. We are expecting to
complete selection early next week,'' she said.
Mr Walker's LinkedIn profile says he attended John McGlashan
college between 1996 and 2001, putting him in his early 30s.
His personal details on his company's website mention his
community involvement, including being a community street
patrol member, mentoring children living with diabetes,
coaching a girl's high school soccer team and being a member
of the Remuera Rotary Club.
He is also a rugby referee and a member of the National
At the last election, National candidate Jo Hayes, now a list
MP based in the North Island, helped cut Labour MP Clare
Curran's majority and helped National win the party vote in
the traditional Labour seat.
Ms Curran is Labour's candidate this year.