Labour names 2011 electorate candidates

The Labour Party has moved early to confirm a list of electorate candidates for next year's election.

Labour has confirmed 17 candidates, with others having received a nomination but awaiting rubber stamping in 10 more electorates.

Charles Chauvel has again been confirmed as the Ohariu candidate, which he lost narrowly in 2008 to UnitedFuture's Peter Dunne and was not helped by the fact the Green Party took a chunk of the left votes with its candidate Gareth Hughes.

Another close battle is likely in Otaki, where Labour's Darren Hughes lost the electorate to National's Nathan Guy by 1354 votes.

Maryan Street is awaiting confirmation she is again likely to take on National's Nick Smith in Nelson, an electorate which Dr Smith comfortably held in 2008, while Sue Moroney will stand in the Hamilton West electorate held by National's Tim Macindoe.

Young Labour MP Jacinda Ardern will stand in the Auckland Central seat won by her young National counterpart Nikki Kaye in 2008.

Party president Andrew Little, who has indicated he may stand himself in the New Plymouth seat currently held by National's Jonathan Young, said there was a mix of experience and up and coming talent among candidates and the party planned to have all remaining electorate candidates selected by the end of the year.

Confirmed electorate candidates;

Auckland Central, Jacinda Ardern; Christchurch Central, Brendon Burns; Dunedin South, Clare Curran; Hamilton West, Sue Moroney; Maungakiekie, Carol Beaumont; Napier, Stuart Nash; Ohariu, Charles Chauvel; Otaki, Darren Hughes; Palmerston North, Iain Lees-Galloway; Port Hills, Ruth Dyson; Rangitata, Julian Blanchard; Rimutaka, Chris Hipkins; Rongotai, Annette King; Tukituki, Julia Haydon-Carr; Waitakere, Carmel Sepuloni; West Coast-Tasman, Damien O'Connor; Wanganui, Hamish McDouall.

The following have one candidate nomination received and electorate organisations are due to hold their confirmation meetings shortly:

Hutt South, Trevor Mallard; Invercargill, Lesley Soper; Mana, Winnie Laban; Mangere, Su'a William Sio; Mt Albert, David Shearer; Mt Roskill, Phil Goff; Nelson, Maryan Street; New Lynn, David Cunliffe; Te Atatu, Chris Carter; Te Tai Tokerau, Kelvin Davis.

Selections will occur over July and August in the following electorates where more than one nomination has been received:

Northcote, Paula Gillon, Richard Hills; Te Tai Tonga, Joanne McLean, Rino Tirikatene.

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Why would we want a carpet bagger like Chauvel to stuff up our electorate,if elected.Peter Dunne does a sterllng job for us ,so go away little fat boy Chauvel.


You better watch out cause that little fat boy might be your electorate MP next year. I think you might find that he is wonderful and will endeavour to do everything for the place.


Thanks to the media criticism of Rainbow Labour leader Chris Carter, less than half of these candidates are gay. That is just not good enough, and does not fairly represent the true labour party. Next year vote Green.....


Gosh haven't they just gone, isn't about time we joined the normal world and had 4-5 year terms so we can avoid these carry ons?


bwahah, wishful thinking really. They will be lucky to win a seat....!


@jane! Wonderful in what way?Eating Pies,or sucking off the public trough as a Tired Retread list MP.Peter Dunne for Ohariu.


Sounds like a bunch of lightweights (figuratively not literally of course)

Surely they can find two more capable candidates to stand for them in Rongotai and Mt Roskill?

I trust the NZ electorate will treat them with the contempt they so richly deserve in 2011


Is Te Atatu going to dump Chris Carter in the red wheelie bin? Or, are they going to recycle him, by putting him in the blue one?


They need a bigger clean out than that, it will take the country at least 9 years to forget the clake/cullen giveaways, and nanny semi communist ways, we will pay the price for a good while yet to come, and as usual the National Govt will get the place back up and running, then it will be time for a big spend up and giveaway time again, and out they will go as per usual, please everyone go back and look up past records.


Labour will need to nominate Jesus himself if they think they even have a chance in the next election. Except for the ETS debacle this country is only starting to recover from Helen's nine years of socialism, ant- family, pro queer, breakdown of family values, crushing of free enterprise, racist and divisive mediocre policies. The greens should take a leaf from the Maori Party. At least the Nats empowered Maori whereas that last stupid carpet muncher only ever protected her inner circle lesbian mafia and of course Peters.

Chavel, Hughes, King, Parker, Goff, Dyson, Hhahaahha What useless fools!!


Inotice Cosgrove is back for another suck of the trough.He is the Labour Hack who spent $6300 taxpayers dollars on 9meals and $700k on a taxi ride paid for by the NZ Taxpayer.


Lots of deadwood there, I see. Enough for a bonfire on Guy Fawkes night.


Why hasn't the Labour party candidates' have a website that showsall the candidates wth their contact details such as phone, mobile & email addresses? What is this Facebook & Twitter crap that is on their main website?
Politicians need a wake up call urgently!!!


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