Don’t worry James you will never have to make that decision

James Shaw says that if he has to then he will work with Winston Peters.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says he’ll work with Winston Peters if that’s what it takes to change the Government.

Polls suggest while the Greens and Labour together won’t have the numbers to form a coalition, if they can get the New Zealand First leader onside it’s all on.

He wouldn’t be my first choice, but this is the nature of MMP and democracy,” Mr Shaw told The AM Show on Thursday.

I can [work with Mr Peters] if I have to. Ultimately, it wouldn’t be my first choice.

Last year Mr Shaw and his co-leader Metiria Turei were split on whether working with the National Party was a possibility – Mr Shaw open to it, and Ms Turei “100 percent” against it.


Since then they’ve formed an alliance with Labour focused on removing National from Government altogether, Labour’s long slump in the polls forcing them to face reality – they are highly unlikely to form a Government without the Greens.

NZ First hold the balance of power on current polling.

“If you look at the trends in the polls… it’s about level pegging,” says Mr Shaw. “This is a very close election.”

Under Helen Clark, Labour shunned the Greens in favour of NZ First. Since then the Greens have solidified their position as the third-biggest party.

James Shaw needn’t trouble his mind about working with Winston Peters…IT. IS. NEVER. GOING.TO.HAPPEN.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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