Claudette Hauiti to replace Aaron Gilmore in parliament
Monday 13 May 2013 7:30 a.m.
Claudette Hauiti is the polar opposite of Aaron Gilmore (file)
Maori, female and lesbian, Claudette Hauiti ticks all the boxes for National and is set to become its newest MP.
Prime Minister John Key has confirmed Ms Hauiti, who was ranked 63rd on National's 2011 election list, will enter parliament after disgraced MP Aaron Gilmore announced his resignation on Sunday.
Mr Key says he hasn't yet spoken to Ms Hauiti, but expects to on Monday, and understands she's keen to take up the spot.
Ms Hauiti currently holds several jobs, including deputy chair at Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) and strategy roles with Ngati Te Ata and an iwi radio station, according to her LinkedIn page.
Ms Hauiti has been itching to get into parliament.
Last month, as the marriage equality bill was being debated, she tweeted: "Oh f***! I ccouldv'e been there in that house debating this bill #63listrankingsucks (sic)".
Ms Hauiti is the next-ranked person after Paul Foster-Bell, who is about to enter parliament to replace Jackie Blue when she takes up the role of Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner.
Mr Gilmore's resignation on Sunday followed a week of damning revelations about his conduct during a boozy night out at a Hanmer Springs hotel.
Mr Key and National president Peter Goodfellow both made it clear they wanted him to quit after leaked text messages contradicted Mr Gilmore's claims about what he said during an argument with a barman, including a threat to get the prime minister to sack him.
Mr Gilmore issued a statement on Sunday announcing he will step down, just three months after re-entering parliament from National's list to replace departing Speaker Lockwood Smith when he took up the role of High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Mr Key told RadioLIVE Mr Gilmore has made the right call.
He added that subsequent revelations, including that a work contract Mr Gilmore had with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment wasn't renewed because of inappropriate behaviour, had made the situation "a bit more difficult" for Mr Gilmore.
"[It's] very regrettable but it's over now and we'll move on to the next thing."
Mr Gilmore will seek to make a final statement in parliament on Tuesday.