Poto Williams has been chosen to represent Labour in November's Christchurch East by-election.
Williams was selected by a six-member panel, equally made up of national and local representatives, and was personally greeted by new Labour leader David Cunliffe in Christchurch this afternoon.
Labour Party members were given the chance to have their say in the ballot, held at the New Brighton Rugby Clubrooms.
Panel members included Labour president Moira Coatsworth.
Williams was chosen over James Caygill, Karen Hayes, Christina Laalaai-Tausa, Tina Lomax and Deon Swiggs.
They each gave 10-minute speeches at the start.
Williams said the main issues for Christchurch East were housing, rents, insurance and EQC.
"I want the local community to feel they have a voice," she said.
"For me, particularly, that was something I wanted to do, to be a voice in their behalf."
Lianne Dalziel said she was very happy to be able to pass on her position to Williams and if there was one piece of advice she would give, it would be for her to stay connected with the people.
"But she doesn't need to hear that from me. She's very connected to the people," Dalziel said.
Williams will now go up against Matthew Doocey, from the National Party, and independent candidate Blair Anderson.
The Greens and New Zealand First have not yet named their candidate.
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