Green Party: Trougher in, trougher out as Kevin Hague resigns


Mr Hague has announced he will be taking up the role of chief executive of environmental organisation Forest and Bird.

He has been a Green MP since 2008, and is currently the party’s spokesperson on health, conservation and rainbow (LGBT) issues.

Mr Hague stood for the co-leadership of the party in 2015 but was unsuccessful, losing to James Shaw.

Barry Coates will be joining Parliament as the next person on the party’s list.

Mr Coates is the former executive director of Oxfam New Zealand.

Kevin is a decent enough bloke, but outside of his work during the Marriage Equality lead-in, he’s really not had any hits.  And he too can see that he’ll never be a government minister.

He put in the time, was quite accessible and was fairly well across his shadow portfolios.

First Russel Norman ran away to Greenpeace.  Now Kevin is off to Forest & Bird.  People who are frustrated being essentially useless troughers as Greens in parliament have a need to get closer to being able to make and influence policy.  And amusingly, being a Green MP doesn’t extend you nearly the same opportunities.



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