February 20, 2017
Jackson cleared to contest Labour list
The Labour Party national council has given broadcaster Willie Jackson the waiver he needs to stand on the party's list without having been a member of the party for at least a year.
Mr Jackson says he has not been a member of any party since losing his seat as an Alliance MP in 2002.
For the past year he was working with the Maori Party on finding a candidate for the Tamaki Makaurau seat until he was approached by Labour leader Andrew Little to switch sides.
Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta says Mr Jackson has stood against her in the past, but it's a chance to reset the relationship.
"I'm pleased that he has the waiver and I am pleased it is an opportunity for him to campaign alongside us on the things that really matter, the bread and butter issues, getting people jobs and off the dole, getting people homes and a better healthcare system, so we just look forward from here on in," she says.
Mr Jackson's nomination will now go through the party's list selection process, which includes regional conferences followed by a moderating committee making the final ranking.
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