MP Andrew Williams had previously been given a low ranking
of 13. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Two fresh faces have been catapulted up the New Zealand
First ranks as the party dumped sitting MP Andrew Williams and
demoted MP Asenati Lole-Taylor to a virtually unwinnable
If New Zealand First crosses the crucial 5 per cent
threshold, economics lecturer Fletcher Tabuteau and Tauranga
city councillor Clayton Mitchell will both become MPs.
Mr Williams, the former North Shore Mayor, went to ground
after being unceremoniously discarded from the list, released
He had previously been given a low ranking of 13. His
subsequent complaints appear to have cost him his
parliamentary career with the party.
He told the Herald last week that Tracey Martin saw him as a
threat to the deputy leadership and wanted him "removed".
Asked about Mr Williams, party leader Winston Peters said:
"The consequences of not understanding the needs of the party
and caucus are huge and they cannot be avoided.
"When you enter an arrangement to keep it confidential so
that it has got some integrity about it, you're expected to
stick to it."
Mr Tabuteau, 39, is a former teacher and current head of the
business school at the Waiariki Institute of Technology. He
wants to focus on regional development for Rotorua.
Mr Mitchell, 42, drew criticism for wanting to stay on with
the council if he was an Opposition MP, but has since left
his fate to an online poll; last night 70 per cent of voters
wanted him to quit the council if elected to Parliament.
Mrs Lole-Taylor, who has used the term "blow job" in the
House and once claimed the Reserve Bank was run by overseas
bankers, said her position of 16 meant she had a lot of work
to do to win the Labour stronghold of Manukau East.
"There is nothing I can do about the listing ... What's the
other attitude you want me to do, cry?"
Carterton Mayor Ron Mark said his position at nine was
He was confident of winning the Wairarapa seat. "The
unthinkable is certainly do-able."
NZ First's top 10
1 Winston Peters
2 Tracey Martin
3 Richard Prosser
4 Fletcher Tabuteau
5 Barbara Stewart
6 Clayton Mitchell
7 Denis O'Rourke
8 Pita Paraone
9 Ron Mark
10 Darroch Ball