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The Labour Party has selected the party's chief press secretary Kris Faafoi to contest the upcoming Mana by-election.

The seat, north of Wellington, has been vacated by Labour MP Winnie Laban, who has resigned to take up a position at Victoria University.

Mr Faafoi headed off three other candidates; business manager Michael Evans, barrister Peter Foster and communications adviser Josie Pagani.

The National Party has put forward list MP Hekia Parata to contest the seat.

Mr Faafoi, who is a former political reporter, said he would campaign on employment, health, education and local issues like the expressway.