Mana Party spokesman Matt McCarten told Morning report that Hone Harawira is going to resign this week which will force a by-election in Te Tai Tokerau.
The Maori Party has decided to stand a candidate. That makes it more likely that Labour will also stand in the hope the split between Hawawira and the Maori Party will allow its candidate to come through the middle.
The behaviour of Harawira’s mother and sister at the Maori Party hui on Saturday suggest it won’t be a polite campaign.
A six to eight week campaign doesn’t leave much time for whoever is elected to justify the expense. The by-election will cost around $500,000 – which is about $23,800 a sitting day before parliament rises for the general election.