The Green Party's top two MPs could be co-deputy prime
ministers in a Green-Labour government, co-leader Metiria Turei
The Green Party released its list of candidate rankings
yesterday for September's general election, in which there
was little change from the current line-up.
Dunedin-based Ms Turei, who retained top spot, said there was
''no reason'' two MPs could not share the deputy's role.
This would enable Dr Russel Norman and Ms Turei's strengths,
the environment and inequality/poverty respectively, to
achieve equal billing in the next government, she said.
Asked if the pair would both expect to receive the $303,900
salary, she said she did not care about money. At present,
they split the Green Party leader's salary.
''What I care about is making sure that inequality, child
poverty and those social issues hold a senior ranking in a
Ms Turei agreed the list, which is voted by Green Party
members, was relatively stable. This was important, because
many MPs were new in Parliament at the 2011 election.
She said there was renewal in the form of Marama Davidson
(16), Barry Coates (17) and James Shaw (13) attaining
The list was gender-balanced, experienced and capable of
taking the country in a more sustainable direction, she said.
In Southland, the party's Clutha-Southland candidate, Rachael
Goldsmith, was ranked 32nd, while Invercargill candidate Dave
Kennedy moved up four places to 19th.
The Greens were aiming for 15% of the party vote this
election, and Ms Turei was encouraged by the response from
voters during door-knocking in Dunedin yesterday to mark the
launch of the Dunedin campaign.
Because of their strong showing in 2011, when the Greens
received 23.4% of the party vote in Dunedin North, they were
aiming for 25% there this year. In Dunedin South, they
received 13.6% of the party vote last time.
Ms Turei has been joined on the campaign hustings in Dunedin
by newcomer Chris Ford, a disability researcher who has
entered the list at 38th, and Dunedin South candidate Shane
Gallagher, who is unranked.
Green Party list
1 Metiria Turei (no change)
2 Russel Norman (nc)
3 Kevin Hague (nc)
4 Eugenie Sage (up 2)
5 Gareth Hughes (up 2)
6 Catherine Delahunty (down 2)
7 Kennedy Graham (down 2)
8 Julie Anne Genter (up 5)
9 Mojo Mathers (up 5)
10 Jan Logie (down 1)
11 Dave Clendon (down 3)
12 Holly Walker (nc)
13 James Shaw (up 2)
14 Denise Roche (down 3)
15 Steffan Browning (down 5)