Worst kept secret: Shane Jones to join NZ First tomorrow

Mr Jones quit the Labour Party in 2014 after losing a leadership bid contest alongside Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe.
Mr Jones quit the Labour Party in 2014 after losing a leadership bid contest alongside Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe. Photo credit: Newshub

In less than 24 hours, New Zealand First will have finally announced Shane Jones as its candidate for the Whangarei electorate seat.

The official confirmation of Mr Jones will end years of speculation in the political world, and will come as no surprise to those who have watched his bromance with New Zealand First leader Winston Peters blossom in recent months.

The announcement will be made at 1:00pm tomorrow at Whangarei's Pure Bar.

An advertisement in Thursday's Northern Advocate, complete with Whangarei misspelt twice
An advertisement in Thursday's Northern Advocate, complete with Whangarei misspelt twice Photo credit: Northern Advocate

Mr Jones quit the Labour Party in 2014 after losing a leadership bid contest alongside Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe.

The Government created a special role for him as Pacific Ambassador, which officially came to an end earlier this month.

Whangarei is a safe National seat, with incumbent Shane Reti winning in 2014 with a majority of 13,169 over Labour's Kelly Ellis.

Like Mr Peters in the 2015 Northland by-election, Mr Jones will aiming to pull off a huge upset and pick up another electorate seat for the party.

His selection is also likely to see him replace Ron Mark as New Zealand First's deputy leader and heir-apparent to Winston Peters.

Newshub.

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