Greens shake up list
The Green Party has shaken up its list, promoting Wellingtonian James Shaw to ranks within the realms of being an MP at the next election.
He jumped five places from 15 to 10 - the biggest upward mover within the party. The party currently has 14 MPs.
Shaw, who is listed on the Green Party website as a business strategist, ran unsuccessfully for Wellington City Council last year.
At last year's local body elections Shaw co-ordinated a team of five Green candidates who successfully ran across both Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council elections.
He previously stood for the Wellington City Council in 1992 and served as a Wellington representative on the Green Party National Executive.
Meanwhile, the reshuffle saw Hutt South candidate Holly Walker jump a place to 11.
MP Steffan Browning was demoted six places to 16.
MP Eugenie Sage jumped from six to four, and Gareth Hughes up one place to six. The party's transport spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter moved up five places to eight, while Catherine Delahunty was bumped down one to five.
Co-convenor Georgina Morrison said the list was not final, but was to be used as a "guide".
"The list we are releasing today is by no means final. It is just a useful guide for members all over the country to use when making their own personal selection.
"The initial list is put together by delegates and candidates who attended the party's February candidate conference. Delegates were able to put candidates through their paces and evaluate their performance. The initial list now goes to party members nationwide to vote on," she said.
"We have the most democratic list selection process out of the major parties and are proud of the high level of involvement our members have.
"It's Green Party members not its leadership who decide who will be in Parliament working to make to New Zealand a smart, greener, more compassionate place to live."
Members will vote throughout April and the final list will be announced by the end of May, the party said.
The Dominion Post