Green Party co-leaders don’t agree on going steady with Labour

Metiria Turei appears to be at odds with her Green Party co-leader James Shaw on whether they would work with National, under questioning from Paul Henry.

Less than 24 hours after announcing a marriage of convenience with Labour, Mr Shaw and Ms Turei have given differing opinions on cooperation with National, should it get them into power.

Mr Shaw says the party’s first preference is Labour — hence yesterday’s show-and-tell of the two parties’ memorandum of understanding.

“When we’ve cooperated, both of our polls have actually gone up — and when we haven’t cooperated, we’ve tended to take votes off each other,” he told Newshub this morning.

“Preference” is the key word here — Mr Shaw wouldn’t rule out National altogether, saying it’s up to the membership.

But Ms Turei says it is “absolutely definitive” the party is committed to removing National from power.

“Our 100 percent commitment is changing the Government because they are so terrible for this country,” she told Paul Henry this morning.

This is no different to the Internet-Mana abortion.  They had no policy other than to ‘Remove Key’ from power.   No good will come of this.  This doesn’t speak to people’s hopes and aspirations.  It’s just a club you can join if you like being a hater. 

Mr Peters on Tuesday called the Greens “poison” to Labour voters, but Ms Turei’s not holding it against him.

“The Greens and New Zealand First have been getting on very well over the last few years,” says Ms Turei.

Mr Peters has negotiated his way into positions of power before, having served as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in the past. But neither he, nor anyone from the Greens, will get the key position of Finance.

“There’s one thing we’re agreed on — Grant Robertson will be Finance Minister. Everything else depends on what the voters decide at the general election,” says Mr Little.

Former Greens co-leader Russel Norman had wanted the finance portfolio.

“We are fine with Grant Robertson being Finance Minister under a Labour-led Government, and we will talk with Labour about the post-election arrangements once we see how the votes turn out,” says Ms Turei.

James Shaw was elected in the hope he could bring the Green Party more to the center in terms of social and economic policies.  A true green party that places green before anything else.

It is clear that he holds no power.  In the pressers he’s walking behind Turei, he stands to the side, and is in general coming across as subservient to Turei.

The Greens are clearly split in half over this.   Looks like the melon is fracturing where the red fruit meets the green rind.


– Paul Henry, Newshub

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