12 Dec 2010

Labour Party members cast votes for Manurewa candidate

10:08 pm on 12 December 2010

Labour Party members in south Auckland have cast their vote for who they want to replace George Hawkins as the Manurewa electorate candidate.

Mr Hawkins is not standing at the next election.

He is yet to decide if he will serve the remainder of the Parliamentary term.

More than 400-people have cast votes at a selection meeting in the south Auckland suburb.

The selection process began about 2.30pm on Sunday, but there was still no word on who would replace Mr Hawkins by 10pm.

Once the votes are counted a selection panel will decide the final outcome.

Seven nominees are vying to take Mr Hawkins' place.

The process was earlier delayed after an apparent issue with a union member who wanted to be put forward for a place on the selection panel.

Radio New Zealand was told they were ineligible for such a place.