Hastings district councillor Adrienne Pierce has been selected as National's Palmerston North candidate for the 2017 general election.

Ms Pierce said she was thrilled to have the opportunity and grateful to the National Party for its support.

As well as being a Hastings district councillor since 2013, Ms Pierce is a businesswoman and former nurse, who founded and is a director of Smart Business Network Ltd.

She ran for the Hastings mayoralty last year, and contested this year's National Party nomination for the Tukituki electorate, subsequently won by Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule.

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In 2014, she pitched for the National nomination in the Napier electorate which was won by Wayne Walford.

Although she would retain her house in Hawke's Bay, she said she would move to Palmerston North where she would work hard to earn the electors' backing to be a strong advocate for the city in a National-led government that got results.

"Issues important to Palmerston North and the Manawatu are the issues that are important to Bill English and his united team.

"This National-led government is delivering sustained economic growth, building for future growth, and looking after those families who struggle the most with change.

"Palmerston North is benefiting from this, with an increasingly diversified local economy. Our city plays a huge role in New Zealand's primary industries and education exports, and I'll be advocating loudly for more growth in these areas," Ms Pierce said.

She noted the current government was also investing heavily in modernising the Defence Force, keeping those jobs in the region.

"This growth gives National real choices so it can continue to invest in the areas that matter to Palmerston North, like improving schools, more healthcare access and building vital transport infrastructure."

In the 2014 general election National won the party vote in Palmerston North with a 4200 vote majority.

Among other party contenders she will face nine-year Palmerston North veteran Labour MP Ian Lees-Galloway in the electorate, from which National incumbent Jono Naylor announced he would retire this year.