Hone Harawira has just resigned from Parliament, paving the way for a by-election in his Te Tai Tokerau electorate.
His resignation takes effect on May 20 - just more than the by-election cut off date of six months before a general election.
Labour has announced it will stand MP Kelvin Davis against Harawira in the predicted election battle, which the party has criticised as expensive and wasteful.
The Maori Party will also contest the election, but it has not yet named its candidate.
In some ways, it would be better for the Maori Party not to stand in Te Tai Tokerau. A two-horse race betwwen Harawira and Kelvin Davis might well be a huge setback to the fledgling Mana Party.
And it is for that reason only that we will be supporting Davis' campaign in whatever way we can. The New Zealand Parliament needs Hone Harawira in the same manner in which we need toothache. We would far rather see Labour's numbers in the House bolstered by one, than see Harawira given a mandate to continue his racist outbursts.
That's why the catchcry for the next few weeks will be: