Ravi Musuku, the only other nominee, will be disappointed but in spite of conspiracy theories, National has a very democratic selection procedure which gives all votes to its members.
If the electorate has sufficient members who have belonged to the party for at least six months then all those who vote will be from the electorate. If not, delegate numbers are topped up with members from neighbouring electorates.
In spite of conspiracy theories the rules make it very difficult, if not impossible for the board or caucus to influence selection.
In fact, my experience of National Party people suggests that if they were told to vote for a candidate they’d favour another because they don’t like being told what to do 🙂
P.S. National, the party which is often attacked by others for lacking gender and ethnic diversity, is the only one which hasn’t selected a middle-aged bloke of European descent as its candidate.
UPDATE: I credited Kiwiblog as being first with the news but I note that Whaleoil posted 12 mintues earlier – not that either of them are competitive 🙂