Hands is contesting the Rangitata electorate, filling the gap left by disgraced former MP Andrew Falloon.
Falloon resigned after allegations he sent inappropriate pictures to multiple women.
Hands had a notable presence on Twitter, but said: "I'm a candidate now. I've chosen what channels of social media I'll be using moving forward and Twitter is not part of that."
Some profiles with sizeable followings on Twitter lamented Hands' departure from the sphere.