The Herald reports:
Shearer is expected to be formally announced as the head of the UN’s mission in war-torn South Sudan on Tuesday and will resign almost immediately. His job starts at the end of January.
That will spark a byelection in his Mt Albert seat unless English opts for an early election, which is unlikely.
Labour’s candidate is likely to be MP Jacinda Ardern, who now lives in the electorate but was initially aiming for a third tilt at winning the marginal Auckland Central seat.
She said yesterday she was yet to make up her mind. If Ardern won Mt Albert, Labour could bring in another List MP – Little is understood to be keen to get Raymond Huo back into Parliament before the election to give Labour Chinese representation.
The next candidates on Labour’s List are Maryan Street and Moana Mackey. To get Huo in, they would both have to turn down their spot. Street is 61 but Mackey just aged 42.