18 Aug 2008

National Party list issued

9:59 am on 18 August 2008

The National Party has added a new name to its top 20 line-up for this year's election.

Campaign chair Steven Joyce is number 16 on the party's list which was issued on Sunday.

Party president Judy Kirk says Mr Joyce's ranking reflects his ability, and she says he will be a fresh face among an experienced top 20.

Several new candidates have made it into the top 50, ranking higher than a number of current MPs, such as John Hayes (Wairarapa) and Colin King (Kaikoura).

Ms Kirk says the entire caucus is happy with their rankings, saying it's important to continually refresh the party with new people.

Party leader John Key says the 2008 list reflects the modern face of New Zealand, with representation from Korean, Pacific Island, Maori and Indian communities.