Adam Bennett

Adam is a political reporter for the New Zealand Herald.

Labour Party release list for 2014 election

Labour leader David Cunliffe. File photo / Brett Phibbs
Labour leader David Cunliffe. File photo / Brett Phibbs

No newcomers are likely to make it into Parliament on Labour's new list unless the party polls almost 32 per cent in September.

After delaying the announcement due to the ongoing controversy around donations from Donghua Liu, Labour released the list this afternoon.

The list has ensured that - assuming sitting electorate MPs ranked above them retain their seats - four of the first six MPs likely to get in on the list are women, which will meet the new requirement to have a caucus with at least 45 per cent women after the 2014 election.

They are Jacinda Ardern who is at no.5, Sue Money at no. 10, Maryan Street at no. 15, and Moana Mackey who is at no. 17.

However the first newcomer on the list Ministry of Women's Affairs policy analyst Priyanka Radhakrishnan at 23 won't come in unless the party polls 31.67 per cent or more.

Assuming Ian Lees Galloway holds his Palmerston North seat the next up would be another newcomer, Labour's Tauranga candidate Rachel Jones.

Notably absent from the list are Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard and Dunedin South's Clare Curran.

Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson and Mana's Kris Faafoi had earlier said they would not be going on the list.

The Herald reported last week that all of the top 20 MPs in caucus had been told to go on the list in a bid to stop any perception the male MPs are boycotting it because of that rule, which makes it harder for males to get good list slots.

Sittling list MP Carol Beaumont has been demoted five places down the list to 27 below and would not return to Parliament unless the party polls 33 per cent or more.

Former television presenter Tamati Coffey at 30 on the list will make it into Parliament if Labour polls 34 per cent or more.

Trevor Mallard indicated he took himself off the list to better his colleague Kelvin Davis' chances of getting a good slot.

"I made the decision before the moderating committee met, and I hope it helped get Kelvin Davis into a better position."

Mr Mallard is MP for Hutt South and although it is a safe Labour seat, boundary changes are likely to have cut his majority. Although Mr Mallard does not rely on the list for his seat, his decision appears to be due to concern Davis would be ranked below more women to ensure the 45 per cent ratio for women was maintained throughout the list.

Labour leader David Cunliffe said he was "delighted at the fantastic array of talented candidates who have made it onto our List".

"The skills, energy and positivity which they bring shows the excellent health which our Party is in. Those candidates will be out each day promoting our messages on jobs, homes and families, and I look forward to joining them on the campaign trail."

LABOUR LIST 2014

1 David Cunliffe
2 David Parker
3 Grant Robertson
4 Annette King
5 Jacinda Ardern
6 Nanaia Mahuta
7 Phil Twyford
8 Clayton Cosgrove
9 Chris Hipkins
10 Sue Moroney
11 Andrew Little
12 Louisa Wall
13 David Shearer
14 Su'a William Sio
15 Maryan Street
16 Phil Goff
17 Moana Mackey
18 Kelvin Davis
19 Meka Whaitiri
20 Megan Woods
21 Raymond Huo
22 Damien O'Connor
23 Priyanca Radhakrishnan
24 Iain Lees-Galloway
25 Rachel Jones
26 David Clark
27 Carol Beaumont
28 Poto Williams
29 Carmel Sepuloni
30 Tamati Coffey
31 Jenny Salesa
32 Liz Craig
33 Deborah Russell
34 Willow-Jean Prime
35 Jerome Mika
36 Tony Milne
37 Virginia Andersen
38 Claire Szabo
39 Michael Wood
40 Arena Williams
41 Hamish McDouall
42 Anjum Rahman
43 Sunny Kaushal
44 Christine Greer
45 Penny Gaylor
46 Janette Walker
47 Richard Hills
48 Shanan Halbert
49 Anahila Suisuiki
50 Clare Wilson
51 James Dann
52 Kelly Ellis
53 Corie Haddock
54 Jamie Strange
55 Katie Paul
56 Steven Gibson
57 Chao-Fu Wu
58 Paul Grimshaw
59 Tracey Dorreen
60 Tofik Mamedov
61 Hikiera Toroa
62 Hugh Tyler
63 Susan Elliot
64 Simon Buckingham

- NZ Herald

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