Former Labour MP turned media personality John Tamihere has been accepted back into his old party.
It was up to the Labour Party's New Zealand Council to decide if there were any objections to Mr Tamihere becoming a party member.
Mr Tamihere's application has been accepted, the council said in a statement on Saturday.
"By becoming a member he is obliged, as is every member, to subscribe to the constitution and policy of the party," the council said.
Mr Tamihere applied to rejoin the party in October. He'd also earlier indicated his interest in standing in Waitakere, the seat currently held by Cabinet minister Paula Bennett.
Mr Tamihere was a Labour MP from 1999 until 2005, as electorate MP for Hauraki and then Tamaki Makaurau after the seat changed names.
He chose not to stand on the party's list in 2005 and left parliament after losing his seat to Maori Party leader Pita Sharples.
Mr Tamihere was dogged by scandal in his final year as an MP, resigning as a minister in 2004 after accusations he received a golden handshake from a trust after promising he wouldn't take one, then failing to pay tax on the payout. Official investigations cleared him of wrong-doing.