Amokura Panoho has no immediate plans for her political future after her unsuccessful bid to replace Tariana Turia.
On Sunday, Wellington-based Chris McKenzie was announced as Mrs Turia's successor, in the Te Tai Hauauru electorate, from a group of six candidates.
The vacancy was a result of the Maori Party co-leader's decision to retire from politics at the next election.
Mrs Panoho said she was disappointed.
"There will not be a woman standing for any of the parties in this electorate," she said.
At this stage she planned to continue to work on a variety of projects including chairing the New Zealand Maori Tourism board.
"I've already got lots of work to do," the Waitara woman said.
She said she has received a lot of support and phone calls since the announcement was made.
Mr McKenzie, who is of Ngati Raukawa descent, is a former Treaty negotiator and currently works as a Maori Party strategist.
He lives in Tawa with his wife and four children.
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