Former MP Ron Mark has rejoined New Zealand First,
possibly at the expense of sitting MP Andrew Williams.
Mr Mark, who is the Mayor of Carterton, confirmed today that
he would run for the Wairarapa seat.
He said his time as mayor had been "brilliant" but he had
become frustrated by the impact of central government
"I've consistently had it from people in the region, who have
said I can serve us better by going back to Parliament." He
served as a New Zealand First list MP between 1996 and 2008.
It is understood that Mr Williams, who is currently New
Zealand First list's third-ranked MP, has fallen on a draft
list to make way for Mr Mark.
Mr Mark said he had not seen any party list and would not
The Wairarapa seat is vacant after the departure of National
MP John Hayes.
- By Isaac Davison of the New Zealand Herald