Greens relaunch with new slogan, avoiding a painful irony

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 13, 2017

The Greens have relaunched their election campaign minus former co-leader Metiria Turei who was embroiled in her benefit fraud confession scandal.

Greens leader James Shaw told a crowd in Auckland the party still holds the same values.

Mr Shaw today apologised for the lack of unity the party had shown in the past week.

"I didn't come to Parliament to act like other political parties, but over the past week that's where we've ended up", he said. Over the last few weeks we have spent a lot of time talking about ourselves, not the issues that New Zealanders care about.

But the "Great Greens" video campaign material, that included the backing of Kiwi Hollywood stars like Taika Waititi and Rachel House had no reason to be changed.

Love New Zealand, he said, goes to the heart of what the Greens stand for. Some of you will remember we used it in 2014.

"The Green Party is the only party that has drawn a line in the sand on the priority issues of ending poverty, taking action on climate change and cleaning up our rivers. We will focus on the very real challenges that our country faces, and we will focus on solutions that no one else is promising, with the best MPs and the best candidates to get the job done".

Mr Shaw, the party's current sole leader, said the party will focus its policies on poverty, climate change and clean water.

The reorganisation has seen Chloe Swarbrick and Golriz Ghahraman move up to seventh and eighth, respectively, on the Green Party list.

A new female co-leader would not be appointed until the party's AGM next year, with Mr Shaw leading the party alone until then.

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