February 05, 2015
Peters considers Northland run
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is considering a run in the Northland by-election.
Mr Peters says he has been getting a lot of calls from people in the electorate since National MP Mike Sabin quit suddenly last week.
He says he knows the electorate well, and rates himself in with a chance if he runs.
Mr Sabin had a 9300 vote majority over Labour’s Willow-Jean Prime, with New Zealands First taking 12 percent of the party vote despite not
standing a candidate in the general election.
Mr Peters told the crowd in the New Zealand Maori Council tent at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi that the electorate had been neglected by Wellington for too long.
He says high levels of unemployment and an over-reliance on social welfare money was holding the region back.
Nominations need to be in on March 3, with the by-election set for March 28.
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