Sue Bradford has finally confirmed she will stand in Waitakere. From the NZ Herald:
Former Green MP Sue Bradford will stand for the Mana Party in Waitakere - but will seek the party vote only to increase Labour's chances of taking the seat back from National's Paula Bennett.
Ms Bradford was formally selected by Mana to stand in the seat yesterday.
She said there was a risk she would split the vote on the left, but she intended to make it clear she only wanted the party vote for Mana in the electorate.
This is part of Mana’s media strategy: Stand high profile candidates in tight electorates and, consequently, generate continuous headlines. Given that Mana
missed out on broadcast funding failed to apply, they needed to investigate
other ways to generate publicity.
Sue will be ranked at number four (Annette will be two and John Minto three). Sue will be a useful addition to Mana. Hone and Annette are primarily concerned with tino rangatiratanga, Matt McCarten and his people are primarily concerned with revolutionary politics and economic reform, Sue, however, is concerned with bread and butter social justice issues, for example restoring benefits to a humane level.
Hopefully Sue pushes Mana to take up a formal position on issues like abortion, gay marriage and women’s rights.