Two deputy PMs would suit Greens

Metiria Turei
Metiria Turei
The Green Party's top two MPs could be co-deputy prime ministers in a Green-Labour government, co-leader Metiria Turei says.

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 cabinet.''

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 electable spots.

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)

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