Axed Labour MP Chris Carter looks set to take up a job with his old boss, Helen Clark, at the United Nations before the end of the year.
The independent MP has just returned from a three-week trip to New York where he said he had positive meetings over working at the UN. "I had some very interesting and productive interviews, so we'll see."
If Carter does take up a job at the UN, he will join former PM Clark, who is the administrator of the UN's Development Programme.
Carter said nothing was confirmed. "Until it's in the hand, it's not in the bag."
If the role is confirmed, Carter said it was likely he would leave to take up the job before the November 26 election.
However his departure would not cause a by-election as it is within the six-month threshold.
Carter said he "had no intention" of causing a by-election anyway.
Given that Carter was one of Helen Clark's close confidantes, this hardly comes as a surprise. The New York branch of the Labour Party will welcome Carter with open arms; of that we have no doubt.
If a job offer is forthcoming, the sooner that Carter takes it up the better. He is seldom seen in Parliament these days, and it will be pleasing when he is no longer a drain on the long-suffering taxpayer.