The first candidate in Brian and Hannah Tamaki's quest for a seat in Parliament has been announced - former gang member Jay Hepi is running to be Mayor of the Far North.

This tentative probe for electoral support at local level is the first the public will see of the Tamakis' plan for next year's national election.

It hasn't happened under the banner of Coalition NZ, the new political party launched by Hannah Tamaki a few months back.


But it has happened with the involvement and support of the main players behind Coalition NZ and its political aspiration.