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Ashburton-raised Andrew Falloon has been announced as the new National candidate to contest the Rangitata electorate at the 2017 General Election.

Falloon works as an associate director at the New Zealand Bankers Association and has experience in government and government relations in New Zealand.

“It’s a great honour being chosen by local National members to run for Parliament in my home electorate,” Mr Falloon said.

“Rangitata, or Mid and South Canterbury, is deeply a part of who I am and my family’s history. I know our communities well – their aspirations, and the challenges they face,” he said.

Outside of work, Mr Falloon has volunteered for the New Zealand Community Patrols and been a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network.

He is a former pupil of Allenton and Ashburton Intermediate schools and is married to Rose.

Mr Falloon acknowledged retiring MP Hon Jo Goodhew, who had been “a fierce advocate for our area and regional New Zealand”.

The Rangitata electorate covers Mid and South Canterbury from Ashburton down to Timaru, and across inland to the base of the Southern Alps at the northern tip of the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

National has held the seat since its creation in 2008, and at the last election won the Party Vote with an over 12,000 vote majority.