Green Party reshuffles list
The Green Party has shaken up its party list, promoting Wellingtonian James Shaw to within reach of being an MP at the next election.
He jumped five places to 10, one of the biggest upward movers within the party. The Greens have 14 MPs.
Shaw, who was listed on the Green Party website as a business strategist, ran unsuccessfully for Wellington Central in the 2011 election.
At last year's local body elections Shaw coordinated 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 council in 1992 and has served as a Wellington representative on the Green Party national executive.
The reshuffle also saw Hutt South candidate Holly Walker jump a spot to 11 and MP Steffan Browning demoted six places to 16.
MP Eugenie Sage jumped from six to four, and Gareth Hughes was up one place to six. The party's transport spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter moved up five places to eight, while Catherine Delahunty was down one to five.
Party 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," she said.
"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.
"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.
GREEN PARTY LIST
1 Turei, Metiria
2 Norman, Russel
3 Hague, Kevin
4 Sage, Eugenie
5 Delahunty, Catherine
6 Hughes, Gareth
7 Graham, Kennedy
8 Genter, Julie Anne
9 Logie, Jan
10 Shaw, James
11 Walker, Holly
12 Clendon, Dave
13 Roche, Denise
14 Mathers, Mojo