Mayor Harry Duynhoven has had a dig at the New Plymouth branch of the Green Party over the way it has endorsed some candidates in the upcoming local body elections.
A list of candidates the branch is backing has appeared on a Facebook page.
Mayor Harry Duynhoven said he was a bit disappointed he had not been included in the list.
He questioned if the party was aware of his environmental prowess, which included being part of the Taranaki Clean Sea Action group, chairman of Taranaki Green Action, organising cleanup crews for Back Beach, establishing the Sugar Loaf Islands as a marine park and the energy savings he has initiated at the council.
"I've done a lot of stuff over the years and I'll guarantee you I do more recycling than the average Green Party member.
"I think that they've selected people that they think are green by what they say.
"I wonder if they actually know what people do, because if they did I should be on there."
Mr Duynhoven said he was involved in an environmental project that, if he were re-elected, would ultimately save the district $250,000 a year.
"I'm not quite sure how they've decided who should be on it and who shouldn't."
Included in the roll is Green Party member and retired psychiatrist Stuart Bramhall, who is running for a seat on the Taranaki District Health Board.
In an email to Green Party members, Dr Bramhall says the criteria used to decide the endorsements were based on a candidate's position on deep-sea oil drilling, seabed mining, landfarming involving drilling waste and fracking.
"We realise there are other candidates who are green on other issues but these are the priorities our members feel are most urgent for Taranaki at the present time."
Dr Bramhall said the party strongly encouraged strategic voting for really good candidates because it was possible to win a local body election with just a few dozen votes.
"It's really important that people only vote for candidates they really agree with."
Dr Bramhall could not be contacted by the Taranaki Daily News yesterday.
Mayoral candidate Chris Wilkes, who gets the Greens' tick, said the endorsement had come as a surprise because he was not affiliated with the party.
"Obviously I really appreciate that they've acknowledged my efforts in the environmental area over the years," Mr Wilkes told the Taranaki Daily News yesterday.
Green Party general secretary Jon Field said the party's national body had no problem with the list.
"If local members wish to tell the local voting public who they think would be good for the region, based on the views which they are giving, I don't see any harm in that," Mr Field said.
The Green Party's endorsement list includes Chris Wilkes for mayor; City ward: Shaun Biesiek, Teresa Goodin, Dympna Hart, Andrew Judd, Barbara McPhillips, Chris Wilkes, Mickey Mouse. North ward: Fiona Clark, Bill Simpson, Ngamata Skipworth; SW ward: no endorsements; Taranaki District Health Board: Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, Alex Ballantyne; Taranaki Regional Council: Sarah Roberts.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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