NZ First MP dumped down to 17th place on party list

Author
Claire Trevett, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 17 Sep 2020, 1:49PM
The NZ First campaign bus. (Photo / File)
The NZ First campaign bus. (Photo / File)

NZ First MP dumped down to 17th place on party list

Author
Claire Trevett, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 17 Sep 2020, 1:49PM

NZ First MP Jenny Marcroft has been shunted well down the party's list rankings to 17th place – the only current MP who is not in the top 10.

NZ First released its 2020 list today. The top seven slots are taken by the party's current MPs – but Marcroft is in a position in which it is effectively impossible for her to return to Parliament.

The only women in the party's top 10 are Tracey Martin, at 3, and Talani Meikle, 8.

Meikle works for the party's deputy leader Fletcher Tabuteau at Parliament and is helping organise the

She has stood for the party in the past and her high ranking gives her a strong chance of getting into Parliament if the party can get more than 5 per cent.

Leader Winston Peters is No 1 and Tabuteau is at 2, followed by Martin, Shane Jones and Ron Mark as the top five. Former MPs Denis O'Rourke and Mahesh Bindra are at 10 and 12 respectively.

NZ First MP Jenny Marcroft speaks at a debate for Auckland Central candidates. Photo / Dean Purcell

NZ First MP Jenny Marcroft speaks at a debate for Auckland Central candidates. Photo / Dean Purcell

Marcroft is yet to comment. She is standing in the Auckland Central electorate.

NZ First's 9th MP, Clayton Mitchell, is stepping down from politics at the election.

The party got 7.2 per cent of the vote in 2017, but is campaigning for its survival after struggling in the polls throughout the last term as a coalition partner to Labour.

Peters has said that Covid-19 has made the campaign an uneven playing field.

It needs to get at least 5 per cent of the party vote, or win an electorate to return to Parliament.

It is targeting Jones' tilt at the Northland electorate.

A TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll of Northland early last month had Jones on 15 per cent support, adrift of National's Matt King (46 per cent) and Labour's Willow Jean Prime (31 per cent).

Labour has ruled out doing a "deal" in the electorate by pulling Prime out or asking Labour voters to support Jones with their electorate vote.

The full NZ First list:

  1. Winston Peters
    2. Fletcher Tabuteau
    3. Tracey Martin
    4. Shane Jones
    5. Ron Mark
    6. Darroch Ball
    7. Mark Patterson
    8. Talani Meikle
    9. David Wilson
    10. Denis O'Rourke
    11. Erika Harvey
    12. Mahesh Bindra
    13. Jamie Arbuckle
    14. Mark Arneil
    15. Joshua Gunn
    16. Stu Husband
    17. Jenny Marcroft
    18. Tricia Lawrence
    19. Robert Gore
    20. Robert Griffith
    21. Jackie Farrelly
    22. Anthony Odering
    23. Taylor Arneil
    24. Anne Degia Pala
    25. John Hall
    26. Brenda Steele
    27. Robert Monds
    28. Antony Woollams