Christine Rankin and Kim MacIntyre are standing for the
Conservative Party. Picture / Doug Sherring
The husband-and-wife team of Kim MacIntyre and Christine
Rankin are standing to enter Parliament for the Conservative
Party this election.
The Electoral Commission yesterday published the official
nominations for the election, including 15 registered
political parties and 554 candidates to contest the 64
general seats and seven Maori seats.
Among the candidates are Mr MacIntyre, standing in Whanganui,
and Ms Rankin, who is hoping to win the key seat of Epsom.
Mr MacIntyre is not on the party list, and can only enter
Parliament if he wins the Whanganui seat, which National MP
Chester Borrows won in 2011 with a 5046 majority.
Ms Rankin said last night that the party was not kidding
itself and did not expect Mr MacIntyre to win.
"We don't have any illusions about that. But we didn't want
to leave the seat vacant. We haven't got a party organisation
there and didn't have a local candidate.
Kim standing there gives the people a name and the party some
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has also been
confirmed as not standing in an electorate.
Along with the major political players, other parties include
the Ban1080 party, Focus New Zealand and the Civilian Party,
spawned from The Civilian satirical website creator Ben
Thirty-eight candidates are standing independently or for
Epsom and Tauranga have the most candidates with 11 each.
Only three candidates will contest Hauraki-Waikato.
There is a significant gender imbalance, with 390 men and 164
People can still enrol right up until September 19, the day
before the election.
- by Derek Cheng