Michael Wood has been selected as the Labour candidate for the Mt Roskill electorate in Auckland currently held by veteran Labour politician Phil Goff.
"I'm proud to be selected as the candidate for Mt Roskill," Mr Wood posted on his Facebook page today.
He is a former Young Labour president and previously stood for Labour in Epsom.
Mr Goff is standing to be Auckland's mayor this year and is not restanding in Mt Roskill.
Labour MP Phil Twyford tweeted it was unprecedented for selection in a Labour seat to be uncontested.
Mr Wood said Mt Roskill was "a place where people come to get a start".
He immediately launched into "the housing crisis engulfing our city" as an issue.
He said people needed a million dollars to buy a simple home in a modest street in working class Roskill South.
In the rental market "speculative gorging and a lack of supply" meant 30 to 40 people were bidding to be considered as tenants for a rental property.