National Party President Judy Kirk has announced that the party board has nominated Melissa Lee and Steven Joyce as two of the five list-only nominations permitted by the constitution.
Lee is the host of Asia Downunder and a director of the Asia-Pacific Producers Network.
Joyce is chief executive of Jasons Travel Media and National’s campaign chair. He was the party’s general manager and campaign manager at the last election. He co-founded and was CEO of what is now Radioworks.
I was Otago electorate chair when Joyce was leading the party’s constitutional review and when he became general manager. I enjoyed his dry sense of humour which will be an asset for an MP and his experience of working with volunteers will also be very helpful.
Two sitting MPs – Georgina te Heuheu and David Carter, have already been nominated for list-only places.