Andrew Williams to contest North Shore seat
Defeated Auckland mayoral candidate Andrew Williams is to run for NZ First on the North Shore.
Party leader Winston Peters said: ''He has been nominated as a candiate, he has been approved and the board will be announcing it shortly.''
He refused to say how long Williams has been a member of the party, citing privacy laws. ''It's none of your business,'' he said.
Williams came fourth in the race for the mayoralty in October with just over 3800 votes. He was a local councillor between 2001 and 2004.
Peters said Williams, 52, has "significant experience'' in local government and international trade ''and he has got many other qualities as well".
Williams will run against former broadcaster Maggie Barry, for National, and Labour's Ben Clark.
Peters was unconcerned Williams was defeated last year. "So, everybody who got rejected as Auckland mayor is not a sound person to stand for Parliament? Such a stupid question."
Asked if Williams would become a spokesman for any issue, Peters responded with: "God, you dick. We will announce the spokespeople in the fullness of time.''
He dismissed Williams reputation for sending ''aggressive'' late night emails to other politicians, including John Key.
''He sent text messages at a time when Parliament was rising at 12 at night. It's as clear as day that it was someone who was sending curse, cogent, on the point text messages at that hour of the night.''
The missive to Key was sent at 3.30am and Williams later admitted he could not recall sending the text, blaming painkillers. He also messaged Jonathan Coleman, Wayne Mapp and Murray McCully, as Parliament debated super city legislation.
He blamed other reports on Williams' behaviour, such as urinating against a Takapuna tree, on the media.