Mt Roskill by-election nominations close
Seven candidates will contest next month's Mt Roskill by-election, including from one party who wants to see the seat remain vacant.
Nominations for the vote, which will decide the successor to new Auckland Mayor Phil Goff in the Labour-held seat, closed at midday on Tuesday.
Mr Goff stood down after his successful mayoral campaign in October.
Labour's candidate is Michael Wood, while list MP Parmjeet Parmar is standing for National.
Richard Goode will represent Not A Party, seeking to keep the seat vacant.
"Let's make Mt Roskill a politician-free zone, with the rest of New Zealand's electoral map to follow suit at next year's general election," he said announcing his candidacy.
Andrew Leitch wll run for the Democrats for Social Credit, Roshan for NZ People's Party, Brandon Stronge for The Cannabis Party and Tua Schuster as an independent.
New Zealand First made a last minute decision on Monday night not to stand a candidate, party leader Winston Peters said.
"Despite a serious number of potential candidates coming forward we will be focusing our resources on the election that matters - the 2017 general election," he said.
That's a decision likely to favour Labour according to Prime Minister John Key who said it would be a big task but not impossible for the government to win.
"[Polling is] telling us what we know, that there are a lot of national voters in that seat, we won the party vote in 2014," he said.
"It's a big task but not an impossible one."
The by-election will be held on December 3, with early polling places open from November 21.
The Mt Roskill candidates:
(Source: Electoral Commission)