After a week of “outrageous lies and rumours” and a bungled selection process, National finally has a candidate for the Auckland Central seat.

Senior communications manager Emma Mellow will vie for the seat left vacant after the shock resignation last month of former party deputy leader Nikki Kaye, who had held the seat since 2008.

Mellow will take on Labour’s Helen White, an employment lawyer, and Green list MP Chloe Swarbrick.

The announcement came after fellow candidates Nuwanthie…

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