The title of this post equivocates because the Kiwi Party have taken the odd step of announcing their top ten list candidates, in a very bare media statement (which doesn't appear to be on their website), with no indication of when (or if) there are more to be added... While you won't find the party list on the site either, they do have a candidate page.
Historical & current representation of women:
It's the ol' one out of one story again here. Gordon Copeland is their sole MP, having split from the party he represented at the last election, UnitedFuture. I am starting to love new Splitsville parties, there is a lot less counting to do.
2008 Kiwi Party list (top ten):
Women represented across the list announced so far: 2 out of 10 (20%)
Top 5 - One (Simonne Dyer at 5) 1/5 = 20%
Top 10 - Two (Vapi Kupenga at 9) 2/10 = 20%
Curiously the candidate page lists Marg Mulholland as a List Only Candidate. But she's not on the list. There are only two List Onlys on the candidate page, both women (the other being Kupenga).
Part of me is not surprised there are so few women, given the socially conservative nature of the Kiwi Party. And I guess at least we can say that they are reasonably evenly spaced, which does give a nice aesthetic. It's probably uncharitable to complain about the low rankings (and low numbers) of women, given that the men aren't exactly in winnable spots either.
The Kiwi Party's 2008 Electorate Candidates:
Women candidates for electorate seats: 6 out of 25 (24%)
And they are: Lindsay Cameron (Wigram), Camilia Chin (Hutt South), Rebekah Clement (Wellington Central), Simonne Dyer (Rodney), Grace Haden (Epsom) and Robyn Jackson (Hamilton East).
Likely future female representation for the Progressives:
Call me mean, but I don't think the Kiwi Party is likely to have any representation in Parliament at all come November 9th.
Other posts in this series to date:
- Act's Party List
- Green's Party List
- National's Party List
- The Maori Party's candidates (list and electorate)
- Labour's Party List
- UnitedFuture's Pary list
- National's electorate candidates
- The Progressive Party's list