Wellington City Councillor Andy Foster is eyeing up a seat in Parliament with NZ First.
It is unclear whether the Onslow-Western ward councillor will chase the nomination for a Wellington-based seat or simply try to enter Parliament on the party list.
When asked if he was interested in joining Winston Peters’ party, Foster replied: “I won’t say I am not” but confirmed that at this point, he was not a candidate.
Foster, who was a failed Wellington mayoral candidate last year, said there was still a process to go through to get nominated for NZ First, which would likely happen at the party’s convention in July.
I thought the process was Winston hands the Party Secretary a list.
Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson said he welcomed all competitors.
“If he decides to run in this race, we will welcome him in.”
He knew Foster, and said it was a surprise that he would throw his hat in the ring.
Foster has previously expressed interest in running for Labour and National, Robertson said.
Andy was in fact a researcher for National in the 1990s.