Labour list: Clark demoted, infectious disease specialist given high spot

Author
Jason Walls, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 15 Jun 2020, 1:39PM
Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern with MP's Trevor Mallard and Kelvin Davis in front of Parliament. Photo / Marty Melville
Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern with MP's Trevor Mallard and Kelvin Davis in front of Parliament. Photo / Marty Melville

Labour list: Clark demoted, infectious disease specialist given high spot

Author
Jason Walls, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 15 Jun 2020, 1:39PM

Infectious disease specialist Dr Ayesha Verrall, who was a go-to voice during Covid-19 pandemic, has been giving a prominent spot on Labour's list.

Verrall has been placed at number 18, which means she is very likely to be an MP after September's election.

The Labour Party this afternoon revealed its list for the election – its lineup of which candidates would make it into Parliament if they don't win their electorate.

Dunedin MP and Health Minister David Clark has been demoted from his 2017 list ranking from ninth to 17th.

But he has effectively kept the same ranking after he was demoted to the bottom rung of Cabinet for breaking the Covid lockdown rules when he took his family to the beach.

As expected, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is number 1, followed by Kelvin Davis then Grant Robertson – all three are electorate MPs expected to win their seats.

The highest-ranking MP without an electorate is Andrew Little – he has been placed at number seven.

Phil Twyford has been moved up a place, and is at number four – he was number five before the 2017 election.

Labour Party president Claire Szabó said the list shows Labour has harnessed the broadest range of New Zealand with the right skills as the country rebuilds and recovers from Covid-19.

"Our list boosts our existing team with new talent from a range of different backgrounds including health, law and business to help us rebuild in the years to come."

She said September's election will be the "most important election for a generation" as the country recovers from the impact of Covid-19.

Although at number 18 on the list, Verrall is effectively at number five, given the 13 candidates ahead of her will most likely win their seats.

According to Labour's profile of her: "Verrall is an infectious diseases specialist who led the work to improve the Government's contact tracing programme to protect New Zealanders from Covid-19."

She is an elected member and deputy chair of the Capital and Coast District Health Board and works as an infectious disease doctor at Wellington Hospital, the profile said.

Other new candidates include human rights lawyer Vanushi Walters, employment lawyer Camilla Belich and director of a business consultancy firm Naisi Chen.

The list

  1. Jacinda Ardern
  2. Kelvin Davis
  3. Grant Robertson
  4. Phil Twyford
  5. Megan Woods
  6. Chris Hipkins
  7. Andrew Little
  8. Carmel Sepuloni
  9. David Parker
  10. Nanaia Mahuta
  11. Trevor Mallard
  12. Stuart Nash

13 Iain Lees-Galloway

  1. Jenny Salesa
  2. Damien O'Connor
  3. Kris Faafoi
  4. David Clark
  5. Ayesha Verrall
  6. Peeni Henare
  7. Willie Jackson
  8. Aupito William Sio
  9. Poto Williams
  10. Vanushi Walters
  11. Michael Wood
  12. Adrian Rurawhe
  13. Raymond Huo
  14. Kiri Allan
  15. Kieran McAnulty
  16. Louisa Wall
  17. Meka Whaitiri
  18. Rino Tirikatene
  19. Camilla Belich
  20. Priyanca Radhakrishnan
  21. Jan Tinetti
  22. Deborah Russell
  23. Marja Lubeck
  24. Angie Warren-Clark
  25. Willow-Jean Prime
  26. Tamati Coffey
  27. Naisi Chen
  28. Jo Luxton
  29. Jamie Strange
  30. Liz Craig
  31. Ibrahim Omer
  32. Duncan Webb
  33. Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki
  34. Ginny Andersen
  35. Rachel Brooking
  36. Paul Eagle
  37. Helen White
  38. Barbara Edmonds
  39. Angela Roberts
  40. Shanan Halbert
  41. Neru Leavasa
  42. Tracey McLellan
  43. Lemauga Lydia Sosene
  44. Steph Lewis
  45. Dan Rosewarne
  46. Rachel Boyack
  47. Arena Williams
  48. Ingrid Leary
  49. Soraya Peke-Mason
  50. Lotu Fuli
  51. Sarah Pallett
  52. Gaurav Sharma
  53. Emily Henderson
  54. Terisa Ngobi
  55. Kurt Taogaga
  56. Kerrin Leoni
  57. Reuben Davidson
  58. Zahra Hussaini
  59. Janet Holborow
  60. Romy Udanga
  61. Ala' Al-Bustanji
  62. Glen Bennett
  63. Monina Hernandez
  64. Claire Mahon
  65. Jon Mitchell
  66. Nathaniel Blomfield
  67. Nerissa Henry
  68. Mathew Flight
  69. Shirin Brown
  70. Liam Wairepo
  71. Georgie Dansey