The predictable demise of Northland MP Mike Sabin means a very blue seat is up for selection.
The majority is 9300, and Labourâ€™s candidate, Willow-Jean Prime, has just had a baby, so is not expected to run again.
When Sabin won in 2011 there was considerable interest in the selection, with a good number of candidates putting their names forward. Some of these are expected to be contenders again.
Grant McCullum: Long time National Board member and perceived front runner in the last selection. Withdrew due to issues with a tricky missus. Inside word is she has just got more tricky over the years so McCullum will struggle to get approval to run. Â Read more »