Waikanae is in the Otaki parliamentary constituency.
Tim Costley’s selection comes after the current Ōtaki MP, former Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy, announced he was stepping down from politics earlier this year.
Costley, a Wing Commander overseeing operational airworthiness at Ohakea, joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as a pilot in 2001.
He has completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan and a number of rescue missions in New Zealand and humanitarian missions in Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
He served as an equerry to Prince William during the Duke of Cambridge’s 2014 NZ visit, assisting him with gifts and accompanying him around Wellington’s Civic Square.