Labour taps Palmerston North's Deputy Mayor to replace Iain Lees-Galloway

Palmerston North's Deputy Mayor has been chosen as the Labour Party's candidate in the local electorate - filling the spot left vacant by the sacked Cabinet minister Iain Lees-Galloway, who is retiring at the election.

Tangi Utikere has been a city Councillor for four terms and was appointed Deputy Mayor in 2016.

He last sought to be Labour's candidate in 2008, but was beaten by Lees-Galloway.

He said he had a proven track record as an elected representative for the community.