The Rotorua Review lists the five candidates seeking the National Party candidacy for Rotorua. There were probably more than five originally, but pre-selection rules requires the selection meeting to have no more than five candidates. The five are:
- Sandra Kai Fong – lawyer
- Alan Hulton – property investor
- Hamuera Mitchell – Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands Trust chairman
- Todd McClay – company manager (and former Cook Islands Ambassador to the EU)
- Don Hammond – forestry consultant
The selection meeting is on 19 March. There are lots of selection meetings in March but I don’t know all the dates off hand.
On the new boundaries Rotorua has a paper majority to National of 366. Steve Chadwick is fairly well respected so will be no pushover but she will have to work hard to hold the seat against a likely big nationwide swing.