Undeterred Far North mayoral candidate Jay Hepi is considering a tilt at national politics in next year's general election.

Hepi, a reformed gang leader, national kickboxing champion and Man Up programme co-ordinator, missed out on the mayoralty and a council seat in Saturday's local elections.

In the mayoral race he finished fifth in a crowded field of 11, despite a high-profile campaign.

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