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Last updated 10:12 21/05/2013

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The Green Party will contest next month's Ikaroa Rawhiti by-election, and is holding a candidate-selection meeting this week.

Co-leader Metiria Turei will not be seeking the nomination although she has iwi links to the region.

The Greens did not stand in the seat in the 2011 election but won 9.36 per cent of the party vote there.

Turei said the party had attracted a lot of support from Maori communities over the years.

"We can return that support with a campaign to win Ikaroa Rawhiti with a great candidate," she said, adding that a candidate selection meeting would be held on Friday.

"We know that there are many exciting opportunities for Ikaroa Rawhiti, not the least being sustainable economic development to provide decent jobs, instead of risking the environment with dangerous mining," Turei said.

"Whanau need affordable, healthy housing, good jobs that pay a living wage and educational opportunities for our tamariki based on our cultural strengths. Te Reo is under threat and we need more support to retain our taonga."

"I look forward to the chance to have another Maori MP join me and our Green team in Parliament."

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