The Mana by-election has been set down for November 20.
Current MP Winnie Laban has made her resignation effective from this Friday, after more than a decade in the role. Kris Faafoi will be standing for Labour as her replacement, looking to retain Ms Laban’s more than 6000 majority.
National’s candidate Hekia Parata, who contested the seat in 2008, says she will run an issuefocused campaign even though she is a ‘‘significant underdog’’. She says economic growth to create jobs, raising after-tax incomes, higher standards in education and smarter public services are key for Mana constituents.
‘‘ I’m sure my opponents will make a lot of promises. The real question that locals will have to ask themselves is, can they deliver and are the promises realistic in these difficult times?’’
The Green Party, meanwhile, has announced Jan Logie as its candidate. She said the important issues are fairness and opportunity, better transport and clean water for the community.
Ms Logie has previously served as executive director of the national YWCA and worked for Wellington’s Women’s Refuge. She is development manager at the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.
The Electoral Commission said there would be 44 polling places set up for the day, and they are likely to be the same locations used for the 2008 general election.