Speculation is rife that NZ First leader Winston Peters and his former adviser Michael Laws are to team up again as part of a "relaunch" of the party this year.
Neither Mr Laws, who is to stand down as Whanganui mayor this year, nor Mr Peters would confirm the rumours. But MPs from both sides of the House and sources close to NZ First said they were aware of plans.
One source said Mr Peters had indicated he wanted to relaunch the party this year.
The annual conference will be in Christchurch in late October.
Speculation about Mr Laws has focused on the Whanganui seat, held by National's Chester Borrows with a majority of 6333.
But he has also been linked with Dunedin North, held by Labour's Pete Hodgson, who is retiring.
If NZ First won an electorate seat, it would then qualify for list seats even if it fell short of the 5 per cent threshold.
And ever the game-player, Laws isn't talking:
Mr Laws said he had nothing to say about the issue. "I am not interested in talking to you at all."
The possibility of a Lazarus-like comeback for Peters, with Laws at his side, is just too awful to contemplate. Please, someone say it isn't so!