Kenneth Wang has been announced as the deputy leader of the
ACT Party today.
Mr Wang said he was standing because he was alarmed at what
was happening to race relations in New Zealand.
He said he stood for equal rights and one law for all and ACT
was the party for "new New Zealanders".
ACT Leader Jamie Whyte said Mr Wang would be campaigning
nationally, and it was yet to be decided whether he would
stand for a particular electorate.
They would be targeting the Asian vote, as Act was the
natural party for "new New Zealanders," Mr Whyte said.
"It's no secret that we have lobbied to select Kenneth.
Auckland Chinese have pointed out that Kenneth is a proven
ACT had refused to join Winston Peters and the Labour Party
in blaming Auckland's housing crisis on foreigners, Mr Whyte
"ACT has always been Mr Peters' strongest opponent and it is
our intention to get enough MPs to prevent Mr Peters from
holding the balance of power.
"Mr Peters has challenged the Prime Minister to a debate on
foreign investment. If the Prime Minister declines the offer
I will gladly accept it," Mr Whyte said.
"Labour's decision to play the race card and to seek office
with Mr Peters is not only contemptible, it may keep Labour
out of office for decades."
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ