Dr Shane Reti will be the National Party's candidate in the safe Whangarei electorate at this year's general election.
Dr Reti was selected by a meeting of local party members in Whangarei tonight.
"National is taking nothing for granted in Whangarei. Dr Reti has strong links to this electorate and I'm extremely glad the party has selected a candidate of his calibre to contest the seat," said Northern Regional Chair Alan Towers.
Dr Reti's candidacy follows a career in the health sector which has taken him around the world from New Zealand to the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Middle East.
Dr Reti says he was proud to be selected and was looking forward to the challenges ahead.