National has opened nominations for candidates to contest the by-election after the seat was vacated by Jonathan Coleman.
The nominee is set to be announced on April 15, but The AM Show host Duncan Garner thinks he knows who the frontrunner is.
“I think Vernon Tava is an impressive guy,” he said on Thursday.
“He has put forward his name, he is nominated, for the by-election. He wants to win the seat. He is going to replace Jonathan Coleman. He’s going to be the guy that stands for National – I think – in Northcote. No one else has put their name forward.”
Mr Tava stood as the Green Party candidate in Northcote in the 2011 General Election. But he later left the party, saying it had become too socialist and moved away from its environmental focus.
Tava is their former Auckland co-convenor and candidate for co-leader.
He discovered that environmentalists are not welcome in the Greens unless they are also socialists. Ironic, as socialism has been responsible for some of the worst environmental disasters around.
Anyway, the Greens’ loss will be National’s gain if the rumours are correct.