Shane Jones has finally confirmed he will run for election in Whangarei for New Zealand First.
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Source: 1 NEWS
In an interview with 1 NEWS Mr Jones said "no end of people in the north have asked me to come back into politics", saying the town "needs a voice like his".
Mr Jones is confident about winning the seat as well, saying he's "absolutely confident that the Whangarei people will embrace" him.
Whangarei has been a safe National seat in the past.
It's currently held by Shane Reti whose majority in 2014 was more than 13,000.
There are questions about how long this move has been in the pipeline.
Mr Jones, a former high-profile Labour MP, left parliament in 2013 to become the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Pacific Economic Ambassador.
He was asked when he decided to run for New Zealand First and if its leader, Winston Peters, had spoken to him about it while he was acting as a diplomat.
Mr Jones said "for the three years that I was a diplomat, never once did Winston and I ever discuss about becoming a politician, hopefully becoming a minister and forming a government."
He says Peters, who holds Northland, has given him "a second chance lifeline in politics."
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