Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is advising New Zealand First leader Winston Peters not to stand again in Tauranga.
This week Mr Peters posted an apology to party members for, as he put it, allowing his opponents to create a perception of wrongdoing, when in fact, no offences were committed.
Mrs Turia told Waatea News that even if Mr Peters manages to overcome the donations scandal which dogged his last year in Parliament, Tauranga voters are "over" their former MP.
She said Simon Bridges is an outstanding young man who is held in high regard and he will hold Tauranga.
Mrs Turia said Mr Peters will be "after the party vote" from "a particular select group".