Dairy farmer and party board member Grant McCallum is seeking selection as National candidate for Northland.
The party’s rules give the right to select a candidate to members in the electorate. Voting delegates must have been members for at least six months.
They take that very seriously and would take a very dim view on interference from anywhere else, in or outside the party.
Grant is the first candidate for selection to announce his intentions.
He and his family have a long history of active membership in the party which means he will be known to many of the delegates who will vote in the selection.
That will give him a head-start but every candidate has to earn the support of the delegates and nothing can be taken for granted.
Northland is the seventh biggest general electorate, stretching from the top of the North Island, skirting Whangarei, to Wellsford and covers an area of 12,255 square kilometres.
It has no single big centre of population and many diverse and far-flung small ones.