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New MP Excited About Job, Not The Circumstances

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By Kate Chapman of NZPA

Wellington, June 12 NZPA - National's newest member of parliament regrets the circumstances surrounding his appointment.

Auckland dentist Cam Calder will enter Parliament following former minister Richard Worth's resignation today.

Dr Calder almost made it to Wellington on election night, when he was the last one "elected" off the National Party list.

Two weeks later he was shunted out by when special votes were counted, giving the Green Party his seat in the House.

He had never wanted to get back in as the result of an MP's misfortune, Dr Calder told NZPA.

"But I'm humbled and privileged at the thought of rejoining the team."

He expected to be in Wellington by Tuesday.

There would be a rush to get everything sorted in time, but he was sure he would manage because he was a "boy from the 'Naki" and they get things done.

Prime Minister John Key said he looked forward to welcoming Dr Calder to Parliament.

Dr Calder is a qualified dentist and sports administrator, who served on the global body governing the sport of petanque.

He represented New Zealand at petanque, after finishing second in the national championship.

He has also been president of the French NZ Business Council.

If Melissa Lee managed to pull off a remarkable victory in tomorrow's by-election in Mt Albert her place on the National Party list would need filling.

Her list slot would go to Conway Powell, who contested Dunedin South at the last election.

Dr Powell, a soil and plant scientist and manager, runs a Dunedin-based consultancy firm.

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