Jonesy to stand for NZ First in Whangarei

The worst kept political secret is finally out there, Shane Jones will stand for NZ First for Whangarei.

Former Labour Party MP Shane Jones has been selected as New Zealand’s First’s candidate for Whangarei in the upcoming election.

The announcement, which has been signalled for years and should come as a surprise to few, was made by party leader Winston Peters in the far North Island electorate this afternoon.

Mr Peters says Mr Jones has the “full backing of the New Zealand First caucus.”

“Their backing is encapsulated in a message sent to me this morning of support and best wishes from the deputy leader of NZ First, Ron Mark, and all our MPs.”

He says the representation of an electorate like Whangarei “will not be easy.”

“This is no time to be looking around at novices or an MP with training wheels on but rather someone who will hit the ground running. knows the system inside out, and knows that we have to concertina, within a short time, real milestones of achievement for Whangarei.”

He says Mr Jones is a country boy from a farm who made the most of educational opportunity to become a national and international leader.

“This candidate has a stunning record but most recently has devoted his professional skills to turning the natural resources of diverse Pacific peoples into long-term sustainable assets.”

In the last election, National Party incumbent Shane Reti won more than 20,000 votes – some 13,000 ahead of Labour’s Kelly Ellis.

It will be hard to over turn that majority. But people said that about Northland.

Labour will be crapping their y-fronts though, because he knows a fair bit about where their bodies are buried and now he is no longer a civil servant and on the political game he will be able to pile up the dirt on them.



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