The Herald thought it had a scoop:
National party ‘names’ candidate for Mt Albert by-election
National is holding a meeting in Auckland suburb Mt Albert this evening to select its candidate – but someone in the party has already decided who it is going to be.
The National Party Mainland Conference agenda lists Mt Albert candidate MP Melissa Lee as a speaker.
But it’s the paper that’s got it wrong. I’ve got a copy of the official programme and it says:
Address by Mt Albert’s List MP Melissa Lee.
Note the difference between Mount Albert candidate which she may or may not be after tonight’s selection, and Mount Albert’s list MP which she is.
The programme notes her position as buddy MP for the electorate which isn’t represented by National, it’s not second guessing the selection process.
Hat Tip: No Minister
UPDATE: TV One news has just given the same story, not understanding the difference between a list MP and a candidate.