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Dunedin will have one National list MP after the election, although leader John Key gave no indication of whether newcomer Michael Woodhouse, who is campaigning in the Dunedin North electorate, or second-time candidate Conway Powell, in Dunedin South, would be given the nod.
Mr Key was in Dunedin yesterday to launch the campaigns of the two men in front of about 100 supporters at the Robert Burns Pub, on George St.
With the retirement of Katherine Rich, National would need a representative in Dunedin and both men were of a high calibre, he said.
The party list will be released on Sunday.
Dr Powell, who has a PhD in botany from the University of Otago, was ranked 55 on the National Party list at the last election.
Mr Woodhouse is the chief executive of Mercy Hospital, Dunedin, a role he would step down from if he became an MP.
Mr Key said the aim was to "try and accommodate everyone" but realistically the party would like at least one representative from Dunedin.