10 Mar 2014

Three eye Tamaki candidacy

7:58 am on 10 March 2014

The Maori Party says its new candidate to stand in Tamaki Makaurau will have huge shoes to fill but says at least three people are eyeing-up the job.

It opened nominations for candidacy on Monday, which will result in electing a successor to outgoing MP Pita Sharples, who has held the seat since 2005.

The party says Tamaki electorate co-chair Bronwyn Yates is interested, as is Hato Petera college deputy principal Te Hira Paenga and the chair of Manurewa Marae, Rangi McLean.

Tamaki co-chair George Ngatai says paid up party members in the area will be able to vote on who they want to represent them in April.

He says it is going to be huge trying to fill Dr Sharples shoes, but he is pleased that there are definitely three good candidates looking at standing.

Mr Ngatai says four hui will be held and the successful candidate will be announced in early May.