14 May 2013

Four Maori Party people circle for Ikaroa-Rawhiti seat

8:14 pm on 14 May 2013

The Maori Party says it has about four people interested in standing for the Ikaroa-Rawhiti electorate.

A by-election will be held on 29 June.

The eastern Maori seat became vacant after the death of the Labour MP, Parekura Horomia.

The Maori Party co-leader, Tariana Turia, says it's exciting that people want to stand - but the process still has some way to go.

She says the hopefuls are filling out forms and getting police clearance before they go before their people, and before a party committee makes the final decision.

Mrs Turia says the quality of the people coming forward is great.

She says a Maori Party candidate is due to be chosen by Sunday.