Former Treasury secretary Graham Scott has been recruited to stand on the Act Party list at the election but a bid to attract former Auckland mayor John Banks has failed because of the internal upheaval it may have caused.



Mr Banks was "not available for selection", party president Catherine Judd said in Auckland yesterday.



She met Mr Banks over the weekend but it is believed that among the reasons he did not put his name forward was that leader Rodney Hide was resistant.



Sources suggested that Mr Hide might even have gone so far as to have resigned had Mr Banks been given a list placing at No 2 or 3.

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For the past two elections Act has imported a "star" - Stephen Franks in 1999 when he was a high-flying lawyer; and in 2002 award-winning journalist Deborah Coddington.



Mr Banks, a former National minister, said yesterday he thought the party was "quite keen for me to join the team".



But he had decided some weeks ago he wanted to "keep the space available for, maybe a rerun at the Auckland mayoralty".



First-term MP Heather Roy has had a huge promotion from her ninth ranking last election to second this time, an acknowledgment of her singleminded focus on policy as health spokeswoman.



She is ranked ahead of deputy leader Muriel Newman on No 3.



There is a precedent for the deputy not being placed at No 2: the deputy at the time of the last election, Ken Shirley, was bumped down to No 7.



This time he has been given place No 6, which assures him of being returned to Parliament if the party makes the five per cent threshold - it has been polling between 2 and 3 per cent since the last election. Rural affairs spokesman Gerry Eckhoff is surprisingly the last ranked MP at No 8, behind the low-impact newcomer Kenneth Wang who was next in from the list when Donna Awatere-Huata was deemed to have resigned from Parliament under provisions of the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill.



The party has two retiring MPs, former leader Richard Prebble, who was replaced by Mr Hide in June last year, and Deborah Coddington, who fell from grace after publicity over her former de facto husband Alister Taylor and a former relationship with Business Roundtable chief executive Roger Kerr.



Mr Hide said Mr Wang's placement showed Act's commitment to representing Asian New Zealanders in Parliament.



Dr Scott was secretary to the Treasury from 1986 to 1993. He returned to the headlines in October last year when his daughter Carla died tragically at Arthurs Pass.



The list ranking follows reports last week that some party members were so disgruntled with Mr Hide's scandal-mongering style that Mr Shirley had been approached to mount a coup. Mr Shirley pledged his support to the Act leadership on Friday.



Act's list


1 HIDE, Rodney



2 ROY, Heather



3 NEWMAN, Muriel



4 FRANKS, Stephen



5 SCOTT, Graham



6 SHIRLEY, Ken



7 WANG, Kenneth



8 ECKHOFF, Gerry



9 MITCHELL, Lindsay



10 JACOBSEN, Bronny



11 EWING-JARVIE, Simon



12 GILES, Jo



13 MARTIN, Willie



14 OLSEN, David



15 STEVENS, Hamish



16 JOLLANDS, Andrew



17 BRAR, Hardev Singh



18 BELTOWSKI, Lech



19 BEKER, Ian Alexander



20 BROWN, Christopher



21 GILL, Kevin



22 WAUGH, John



23 DAWSON, Dianne



24 MURRAY, Kevin



25 LANGFORD-TEBBY, Stephen



26 MIDDLETON, Gavin



27 FRASER, John Cameron



28 DENZ, Frances



29 BARKLA, Elizabeth



30 CHETTY, Nigel



31 CLUNE, Scott



32 COLLINS, Michael



33 EMILE, Tetauru



34 FALLOON, Andrew



35 HEINE, Mike



36 O'CONNOR, Kerry



37 SEYMOUR, David



38 SIMPSON, Helen



39 WHITE, PJ



40 WILDEN, Alan



41 STONE, Andrew



42 STEINIJANS, Barbara



43 RIDDELL, John



44 PETERSON, Carl



45 PETERS, John



46 PEPPER, Julie



47 McCLELLAND, Tom



48 MANN, Alex



49 LORENZ, Michelle



50 KEARNEY, Nigel



51 KEARNEY, Nick



52 DAVIES, Mark



53 COX, Stephen Peter



54 BASSETT, Ray



55 DAVIDSON, Brian



56 HOLDAWAY, Rebekah



57 MARSHALL, Shirley



58 O'SULLIVAN, Pat



59 MALLETT, Garry B