So now we have a date for what promises to be a fascinating by election:
Prime Minister John Key has announced the date for a by-election in Te Tai Tokerau will be Saturday June 25.
The by-election follows the resignation of Independent MP Hone Harawira.
“The by-election Writ day will be Wednesday 25 May. The last day for candidate nominations to be received will be Tuesday 31 May and the last day for the return of the Writ will be Thursday 14 July.”
Who will get the Maori Party nomination? Will National bother to stand? Voice of Reason notes in comments, Hone has till 31 May get his 500 members or he’ll have to run as an independent.
Update: The new Mana Party apparently has 700 members and is to be registered today.