Fifteen registered parties and 554 candidates will contest
this year's election, up from 13 parties and 544 candidates
The electorates with the most candidates are Epsom, where Act
New Zealand candidate David Seymour needs to win to save the
party, and Tauranga, which both have 11 candidates.
Hauraki-Waikato has the lowest number of candidates with
Of the candidates, 390 men and 164 women are standing in
2014, compared with 397 men and 147 women in 2011.
Internet Mana is the new party this year, although Mana stood
at the previous election.
The Internet Party, funded by internet entrepreneur Kim
Dotcom, joined with Mana Movement and has 35 candidates with
the Internet Party standing 15 electorate candidates and the
Mana Movement 18. Some of the candidates are list only.
Former MP Laila Harre is the leader of the Internet Party and
Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira leads Mana.
Dunedin North has nine candidates, including three sitting
MPs standing as both list candidates and electorate
Sitting MP is Labour's David Clark with Green Party co-leader
Metiria Turei and Immigration Minister and National candidate
Michael Woodhouse also standing in the electorate.
Two independents - Stan Lusby and Adrian Graamans - are
standing in Dunedin North.
Rongotai will also have three sitting MPs contesting the seat
Annette King (Labour) up against Green co-leader Russel
Norman and Attorney-general Chris Finlayson, both of whom are
Dunedin South has eight candidates including sitting MP Clare
Curran (Labour) and the leader of the Aotearoa Legalise
Cannabis Party Julian Crawford.
Clutha-Southland will this time be without Finance Minister
Bill English as its candidate as he has opted to be a
list-only this year. His National Party replacement is former
tobacco company employee Todd Barkley.
Invercargill will also have a new MP after the retirement
announcement of National MP Eric Roy. National's candidate
this year is Sarah Dowie, who is standing against Democrats
for Social Credit leader Stephnie de Ruyter and long-time
Labour activist and former MP Lesley Soper.
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean faces four other candidates in her bid
to retain the seat, including Glenda Alexander, who is
standing for Labour.
In Te Tai Tonga, which takes in the South Island and a small
part of the lower North Island, Labour MP Rino Tirikatene
will be up against former Christchurch deputy mayor Ngaire
Button from the Maori Party and former Labour MP Georgina
Beyer, who this year is standing for Mana.
1. Act New Zealand
2. Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
3. Ban 1080
5. Democrats for Social Credit
6. Focus New Zealand
7. Green Party
8. Internet Mana
9. Labour Party
10. Maori Party
11. National Party
12. New Zealand First Party
13. NZ Independent Coalition
14. The Civilian Party
15. United Future