Greens make over party list
A reboot of the Green Party list shows a balance "between renewal and experience", says co-leader Metiria Turei.
The refresh has seen two big upward movers in Wellingtonian James Shaw and MP Julie Anne Genter. Both have leapt up the ladder by five rungs to 10th and eighth respectively. Mr Shaw is now within reach of becoming an MP at the September election.
The Greens have 14 MPs.
Among those to move up are Eugenie Sage from sixth to fourth place, Gareth Hughes, from seventh to sixth, and Holly Walker, from 12th to 11th.
The biggest loser was MP Steffan Browning, who was pushed down six places to 16th.
Other MPs demoted were Catherine Delahunty, down one place to fifth; Kennedy Graham, down two to seventh; David Clendon, down four to 12th; and Denise Roche, down two to 13th.
The provisional list was decided on by about 130 people and could be used as a guide by party members when they voted on the final list in April, with the result announced at the end of May.
Ms Turei said the list showed "maturity". "I think it shows that the members are taking seriously the need for a caucus to have considerable more experience and to retain that. And to have fresh thinking," she said.
She would not comment on the movements of individuals on the list. "The members decide the rankings and I'm not going to comment on individuals," she said.
"I do think it's great to support the newcomers in the top 15, we have nine women in the top 15, four Maori candidates in the top 15 - so not only has the party considered both renewal and experience, they've also considered gender equity and Maori representation."
One of those newcomers was Mr Shaw, 40. While he has run for the Green Party before, he is new to its top 10.
Mr Shaw is listed on the Green website as a business strategist.
He ran unsuccessfully for Wellington Central in the 2011 election. At last year's local body elections, he co-ordinated a team of five Green candidates who successfully ran for Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
He stood for the city council unsuccessfully in 1992 and has served as a Wellington representative on the Green Party national executive.
GREEN PARTY LIST
1 Turei, Metiria (No change)
2 Norman, Russel (No change)
3 Hague, Kevin (No change)
4 Sage, Eugenie (+2)
5 Delahunty, Catherine (-1)
6 Hughes, Gareth (+1)
7 Graham, Kennedy (-2)
8 Genter, Julie Anne (+5)
9 Logie, Jan (No change)
10 Shaw, James (+5)
11 Walker, Holly (+1)
12 Clendon, Dave (-4)
13 Roche, Denise (-2)
14 Mathers, Mojo (No change)
- The Dominion Post
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