26 Jul 2020

Deputy mayor runs for Labour in Palmerston North

7:17 pm on 26 July 2020

Palmerston North's deputy mayor has been chosen as the Labour Party's candidate in the local electorate - filling the spot left vacant by the sacked cabinet minister Iain Lees-Galloway, who is retiring at the election.

Tangi Utikere

Tangi Utikere Photo: Palmerston North City Council

Tangi Utikere has been a city councillor for four terms and was appointed deputy mayor in 2016.

He last sought to be Labour's candidate in 2008, but was beaten by Lees-Galloway.

He said he had a proven track record as an elected representative for the community.

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