Tuesday, 15 November 2011
at 9:30 am by Julie
The Conservative Party is a new political vehicle, so this will be a shorter than usual post!
Historical representation of women:
The Conservative Party was founded very recently, in August this year. It has an alliance with the Kiwi Party and the New Citizen Party, which stands candidates under their banner rather than compete.
They have had no MPs to date and have had only one, male, leader (Colin Craig).
Current representation of women:
The Conservative Party's internal structure is unknown to me, and their website gives little hint.
2011 Conservative Party List:
Women represented across the whole list: 8 out of 30 (27%).
Top 5 - One (Kathy Sheldrake at 2) 1/5 = 20%
Top 10 - Three (As for Top 5 plus Simonne Dyer at 7, Litia Simpson at 9) 3/10 = 30%
Top 20 - Five (As for Top 10 plus Claire Holley at 14, Robyn Jackson at 20) 5/20 = 25%
Top 30 - Eight (As for Top 20 plus Pat Gregory at 21, Melanie Taylor at 23, Cynthia Liu at 24) 8/30 = 27%
There are a further 22 candidates standing for the Conservative Party in electorates, who are not on the List, and of these only one is a woman (Grace Haden, contesting Maungakiekie). Thus in the whole candidate pool 17% are women. (9/52).
Likely future representation of women:
It doesn't seem credible that Colin Craig will take Rodney. That said I have been wrong, oh so very wrong, before. If he did win it then chances are the party would bring in Kathy Sheldrake as well, but after that there are no more women until the 7th spot.
Other observations on candidate diversity:
The influence of the New Citizen Party appears to have provided some ethnic diversity, with a number of Pasifika and Asian candidates present on the list. The age range looks quite wide too. Many of the profiles are scant or non-existence, so as always please add what you know in comments and I'll be happy to update.
Index of A Woman's Place posts from 2008 and 2011 - so far Act, Greens, National, Labour in addition to this post for 2011