“We’re extremely fortunate to have a candidate of Lewis’s calibre standing for the Rimutaka seat”, says Lower North Island Regional Chair Malcolm Plimmer.
“Lewis has proven himself a strong advocate with exceptional promise, and I look forward to working with him to run a strong campaign for Rimutaka.”
Mr Holden said it was a privilege to be given the party’s nomination.
“It’s great to return home to be National’s candidate for Rimutaka. I’m grateful for the confidence the party has shown in me and look forward to the campaign ahead,” said Mr Holden.
“National is delivering real results for Rimutaka communities. I’ll be working hard to win the support of the electorate and give the valley a voice inside John Key’s National Party if successful in September.”
Lewis Holden – Biographical NotesA fifth generation New Zealander, Mr Holden (29) was educated at Hutt International Boys School in Trentham, Upper Hutt, before completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration at Victoria University in 2006.
He is a keen debater, participating in the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships, and New Zealand Universities Debating Championships in 2006 which his team won in that year.
Mr Holden’s candidacy follows a career in the information technology industry, working for IBM, New Zealand-owned solutions-provider Spectrum, Ingram Micro NZ, and most recently for Oracle New Zealand in Auckland.
He is married to Jennifer and will return to the electorate to contest the seat.
Mr Holden is also known for his work as Chairman of the New Zealand Republican Movement from 2006-2013.
Media contact: Lewis Holden 027 699 1350