'Committed' Barlow to chase party vote

Last updated 12:58 22/04/2014

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Aaryn Barlow is to again contest the Nelson seat for the Green Party in this year's election but will be chasing only the party vote, he said today.

Barlow, who stood for the first time in 2011, was dropped from 18th to 30th on this year's initial party list and will find out his final ranking early next month after voting papers sent to party members are counted.

Last time his personal performance was credited for helping to raise the party vote from 9 per cent to 16 per cent in Nelson, making it the sixth highest-polling electorate for the Greens.

He said he would focus solely on gaining the party vote, a strategy which had worked in the past for the party, allowing it to grow to the third largest in Parliament.

"I'm excited to have been selected to represent the Greens again. New Zealand is at a crossroads environmentally, socially and economically and has the opportunity to elect its first truly progressive government in a generation this year," Barlow said. Local issues included the immediate effects of climate change, Nelson's low "sunshine wages" and the need to foster new "green industries", a field in which Nelson companies like Switch Lighting, Absolute Energy and Solar Electric Technology were showing the way.

Barlow, communications head for the Nelson Environment Centre, said last month his demotion on the party list was "unexpected" but he was committed wherever he ended up on the final list.

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