The Conservative Party has confirmed the first five
members on its list, which includes a mix of familiar and new
The party's leader Colin Craig and chief executive Christine
Rankin take the number 1 and 2 rankings, and new recruit
Garth McVicar has been placed at number 3.
Mr McVicar, who is the party's law and order spokesman, left
his job at lobby group Sensible Sentencing Trust to run for
Parliament and has chosen to contest the Napier seat.
Mr Craig is running in East Coast Bays and Ms Rankin, the
former Families Commissioner and former head of Work and
Income, will contest the Epsom seat.
At number 4 on the list is lawyer Melissa Perkin, who is
currently the executive director of the New Zealand Bar
The party's fifth-ranked candidate is Dr Edward Saafi, a
biomedical health research scientist who has made several
bids for election at local and central government level.
The Tongan-born, Auckland-based candidate will represent the
Conservatives in the safe Labour seat of Mangere, where he
ran for the Destiny Party in 2005.
He also sought the National Party nomination for Botany in
2011, and ran on the Citizens and Ratepayers ticket in local
The Conservative Party has so far selected 36 candidates and
is aiming to run a contestant in all 71 electorates.
The party rose 1.4 points in the latest Herald DigiPoll
survey published today, but at 2.6 per cent of the party vote
would not get any MPs into Parliament.
- By Isaac Davison of the NZ Herald