Mary O’Neill to Stand for the Alliance in Napier

The Alliance Party has confirmed Mary O’Neill as the Alliance candidate in the Napier Electorate for the 2014 election.

Party co-leader Kay Murray says that the party is delighted Mary is willing to stand for the Alliance this election. Mary is very creative and hardworking. She has been a long-time Alliance member and enthusiastic supporter of the party. Mary is extremely concerned about the environment and social issues such as unemployment, inequality, and fair treatment for the elderly, particularly as they relate to the Napier electorate. Continue reading

Alliance candidates range from World War 2 veteran to student activists

The Alliance Party is fielding candidates in the general election whose life experience ranges from active duty in World War 2 to youth spokespeople who co-ordinated the Alliance 2008 manifesto.

The most experienced Alliance candidate is Eric Gamble of Christchurch, aged 84. At list position 30, Mr Gamble is a long shot for Parliament but has a strong commitment to the Alliance Party. Continue reading

Alliance announces 2008 party list

The Alliance Party has released its party list and electorate candidates for the 2008 general election.

Co-leader Kay Murray at list position number 1 is also Dunedin South candidate and works as programmes manager for a centre for people with disabilities.

Co-leader Andrew McKenzie at list position 2 is Port Hills candidate and a Christchurch barrister specializing in employment law.

Other top ten candidates include Victor Billot, communications officer for the Maritime Union, at number 3, Alliance Party president Paul Piesse at number 4, secondary teacher Richard Wallis at number 5, postgraduate student Sarah Campbell at number 6, truck driver Bob van Ruyssevelt at number 7, University of Otago emeritus professor of Politics Jim Flynn at number 8, union organizer and postgraduate student Sarita Divis at number 9, and merchandiser Amy Tubman at number 10.

Other candidates include Wellington publisher and branding expert Jack Yan (number 12), Alliance disabilities spokesperson Chris Ford (number 22), and a young New Zealander working in the mining industry in Pilbara, Western Australia, Justin Wilson (number 23).
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Alliance Party announces key electorate candidates

The Alliance Party has announced candidates for key electorates in New Zealand.

Alliance Party spokesperson Victor Billot says a second group of electorate candidates and the Alliance Party list will be announced in June.

The electorate candidates announced today are:

Name Occupation Electorate
Bob van Ruyssevelt truck driver Te Atatu
Thomas O’Neill union organizer Tukituki
Amy Tubman merchandiser Wairarapa
Richard Wallis secondary teacher Wellington Central
Greg Kleis chiropractor Christchurch Central
Tom Dowie worker Wigram
Andrew McKenzie barrister Port Hills
Norm McRitchie invalid beneficiary and retired driver Waitaki
Victor Billot communications officer Maritime Union Dunedin North
Kay Murray programme manager for a centre for people with disabilities Dunedin South
Marvin Hubbard retired Clutha Southland

Mr Billot says the Alliance campaign will focus on key bread and butter issues such as removing GST, free education, affordable housing, returning ownership of electricity to the people of New Zealand, quality public health care, and a major boost to the minimum wage.