The former chair of the New Zealand Republican Movement has been chosen to stand for the National Party in the Rimutaka electorate.
Lewis Holden, 29, has previously worked in the information technology industry, for IBM and the New Zealand company Spectrum.
A fifth generation New Zealander, Mr Holden was educated at Hutt International Boys School in Upper Hutt before completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration at Victoria University in 2006.
Mr Holden was chair of the Republican Movement for seven years until 2013. He is married and will return to the electorate to contest the seat.
Rimutaka, which covers much of the area around Upper Hutt, is currently held by Labour's Chris Hipkins.
The general election will be held on 20 September.