I won’t hold my breath waiting for Patrick Gower to go nuts on the Greens pulling out of the Mt Roskill by-election to give Goff’s shadow, Michael Wood, a chance at winning.
The Green Party will not stand a candidate in the Mt Roskill electorate should Phil Goff win the Auckland mayoralty race.
The party made the official announcement this afternoon after weeks of speculation it would not stand a candidate in the central Auckland suburb.
“The Green Party’s priority is changing the government in 2017 and, as part of that, we’ve decided we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election,” says Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei.
The Greens and Labour signed a memorandum of understanding in May, where the parties committed to “work collaboratively to change the government.”
Ms Turei says today’s decision shows that agreement is working.
“The Mt Roskill by-election will be closely contested and we don’t want to play any role in National winning the seat,” she says.