Eight people have been nominated for five places on the National Party board.
Normally two or three places come up by rotation each year but the resignation of President Judy Kirk and two other directors, Wyatt Creech and Craig Myles has created two extra vacancies.
Sitting members Grant McCallum and Scott Simpson are seeking re-election. the other nominess are: Alastair Bell, Dennis Catchpole, Wira Gardiner, Kate Hazlett, Bruce Mills, Pat Seymour.
I’m pleased that two of the candidates who have the skills and personality to make very useful contributions as directors also happen to be women.
Kate served as Southern Regional chair for six years and was an electorate chair before that. Pat is East Coast electorate chair and a former national president of Plunket.
The election will take place at the annual conference on Augsut 1 and will use preferential voting.
Whaleoil gives his views on the candidates here.
I’m not sure why he’s only lukewarm about Kate. I was her deputy when she was Regional Chair and couldn’t fault her leadership.
When she took over National held only one of six seats in the region and had one list MP. In the next election (2005) National held the seat it already had, won three more and kept the list MP. Last year boundary changes reduced the region to five seats. National increased its majority in the three it held, increased its party vote in all seats, got one list MP and should another list MP resign it will get one more.
Under Kate’s leadership party membership grew and the region always contributed more than its share to the party’s finances.