Shane Jones launches political comeback

Former Labour MP Shane Jones has appeared at a public speech by Winston Peters in what is a clear sign he is planning a return to politics at this election.

Mr Jones and Mr Peters shook hands before the speech at St Paul's Anglican Church in Paihia, with Mr Jones then taking a front row seat as Mr Peters addressed New Zealand First supporters about race relations.

It is a sure sign Mr Jones, who is currently employed as an ambassador for fisheries in the Pacific, is going to stand for New Zealand First at this year's election.

Asked earlier on Friday if he would be making a comeback, the answer was very political: "Shane Jones in May will have completed his [ambassador] contract ... In May, I'll make a choice as to what I'm going to do."

Mr Jones was stripped of his portfolios in 2010 after it emerged he used his taxpayer-funded credit card to hire pornographic films while away on ministerial business.

He stepped down as a Labour MP in 2014.