A High Court attempt to oust newly elected Northern regional councillors has been aborted at the last minute with failed candidate and former chairman Bill Shepherd withdrawing a legal challenge.

The withdrawn challenge could set Northland on a path for greater regulation of genetic modification - a key issue ahead of the election last month.

The High Court at Whangarei confirmed Shepherd had filed papers seeking a judicial review of the Northland Regional Council election result for the Coastal North constituency, and had then withdrawn the case yesterday morning.

The papers were filed about a week after the results showed

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