The nominations for Labour’s Christchurch East candidate are out today, and there are three new names in addition to the three who had already announced.

They are:

– James Caygill, a senior manager at Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and the son of former Finance Minister David Caygill

– Karen Hayes, a registered nurse and midwife for more than 25 years.

– Christina Laalaai-Tausa, a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury who has lectured at the University of Samoa.

– Tina Lomax, the principal of Kingslea School for 15 years.

– Deon Swiggs, a founding member of the Canterbury Insurance Assistance Service.

– Poto Williams, the regional manager of St John of God Hauora Trust.

Not sure why Fairfax organised them that way – I guess they view Caygill as the front runner. Is JC the true messiah for the East? Can he walk on liquefaction and shelter the poor? If he’s the Son, that makes David the Father – but who’s the Holy Ghost? Lange, Savage, Kirk? If I knew more about the bible, I’d probably crow-bar some more terrible puns in here.