My spies report that the front runner for Labour’s nomination is Josie Pagani. Josie was No 3 on the Progressives’ list in 2008 and stood for Otaki for them in 2008. It was well understood that she was likely to get a high lost place or a winnable seat, with the effective merger of the Progressives into Labour.
I hold Josie in high regard. She will be a strong candidate, and a good MP for Labour if they select her.