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After a rough patch when his political career bottomed out when he was labelled Minister of Pornography, his ascendancy has been portended for several years.

The announcement was widely expected and Maori TV’s Te Kaea reported plans are under way for an announcement on Friday.

Jones would not comment on the report and NZ First leader Winston Peters said no candidate selection or confirmation had yet taken place.

Jones left Parliament in 2013 to become Pacific Economic Ambassador with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

His term ended in May this year. There has long been speculation Jones was interested in standing again for NZ First – but Jones would not confirm it while he was working for Mfat.

Since then he has often been seen with Peters – including on Anzac Day, at the Lions powhiri at Waitangi and the game in Whangarei.

NZ First leader Winston Peters is targeting the Whangarei seat after his successful bid to win the Northland seat in the byelection following former National MP Mike Sabin’s departure from Parliament.


– NZ Herald