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Otago University infectious disease specialist Dr Ayesha Verrall has been giving a prominent spot on Labour's list.
Verrall has been placed at number 18, which means she is all but certain to be an MP after September's election.
She is one below Health Minister David Clark in the list, who dropped from ninth ahead of the 2017 election to 17th in the list released today.
It comes after Dr Clark came under fire for lockdown breaches - mountain biking at Signal Hill and driving to Doctors Point - and has been criticised as a weak link by the National Party.
This morning Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed Dr Clark would stay in his role as Health Minister, despite saying earlier he would have been sacked for lockdown breaches if the country was not in the middle of dealing with a pandemic.
"I deem it necessary for him to be the Minister of Health," Ardern said today.
"I stand by the decision I made at that time.
"We have had a very successful response and David Clark has been part of leading that."
The country was also about to unveil health reforms that he needed to lead.
"If you are asking me if, because we are out of lockdown, I am revising that decision [not to sack him], I am not."
Labour's Taieri candidate Ingrid Leary, who was picked as Clare Curran's replacement for the new electorate which replaced South Dunedin, is at 61 on the list, which means she will need to win the seat to get into Parliament unless Labour wins a majority on its own.
The Labour Party this afternoon revealed its list for the election – its lineup of which candidates would make it into Parliament if they don't win their electorate.
As expected, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is number 1, followed by Kelvin Davis then Grant Robertson – all three are electorate MPs expected to win their seats.
The highest-ranking MP without an electorate is Andrew Little – he has been placed at number seven.
Phil Twyford has been moved up a place, and is at number four – he was number five before the 2017 election.
Labour Party president Claire Szabó said the list shows Labour has harnessed the broadest range of New Zealand with the right skills as the country rebuilds and recovers from Covid-19.
"Our list boosts our existing team with new talent from a range of different backgrounds including health, law and business to help us rebuild in the years to come."
She said September's election will be the "most important election for a generation" as the country recovers from the impact of Covid-19.
Although at number 18 on the list, Verrall is effectively at number five, given the 13 candidates ahead of her will most likely win their seats.
According to Labour's profile of her: "Verrall is an infectious diseases specialist who led the work to improve the Government's contact tracing programme to protect New Zealanders from Covid-19."
She is an elected member and deputy chair of the Capital and Coast District Health Board and works as an infectious disease doctor at Wellington Hospital, the profile said.
Other new candidates include human rights lawyer Vanushi Walters, employment lawyer Camilla Belich and director of a business consultancy firm Naisi Chen.
1. Jacinda Ardern
13 Iain Lees-Galloway
21.Aupito William Sio
38 Willow-Jean Prime
56.Lemauga Lydia Sosene