Claire Trevett reports that John Tamihere has rejoined the Labour Party and wants to stand for Waitakere.
I don't rate his chances, assuming Carmel Sepuloni decides to stand again. She came within a few votes of taking the seat off Paula Bennett, despite Labour doing badly across the country.
Of more concern to many on the left would be Tamihere's politics. He is to the right of the party on a lot of issues. Sure, Labour's a "broad church", but a candidate has to genuinely believe in the values of their party. Does Tamihere? I guess we will find out in good time.
I don't want to bag Tamihere, because he has many strengths and is a good communicator. Maybe there's a place for him in the next Labour caucus. But he must demonstrate loyalty to his party, and discipline. Is he capable of doing so?