Former Napier Labour list MP
Stuart Nash has been confirmed as Labour's candidate for
Napier in this year's general election.
In a statement today, Labour announced that Mr Nash had been
confirmed as candidate for the seat to be vacated by Chris
Tremain, at a meeting of the Labour Party last night.
The National Party will make its decision on a candidate next
month, after announcing that three people would contest its
nomination. The three are Founder of Smart Business NZ Ltd
Adrienne Pierce, who was elected to the Hastings District
Council just four months ago, Taradale author and
businesswoman Deborah Burnside, and Hawke's Bay Chamber of
Commerce's new chief executive Wayne Walford.
Mr Nash said he was honoured to be confirmed as Labour's
candidate and would continue to work hard on the issues that
the people of Napier were telling him are important. "It's a
privilege to represent Labour in Napier and I would love the
opportunity to represent the people of Napier in Parliament
after the election."
Labour Party president Moira Coatesworth said: "We're very
happy to have Stuart as the party's candidate as he has
worked hard for Labour and the people of Napier for five
years now, and has proven to be a very effective
representative for the city and the region."
Labour Party leader David Cunliffe said he was confident that
Mr Nash could bring the Napier seat back into the Labour
fold. "I look forward to welcoming Stuart back into caucus
after this year's election as the MP for Napier. He is a
fantastic candidate and will be a very good MP".
- Hawke's Bay