A quick look at the election profiles of the party’s list MPs reveals a rock solid background of unions and social causes; the rights of beneficiaries and the unemployed; student politics and the welfare system; human rights, peace and disarmament. Eugenie Sage, Gareth Hughes, Catherine Delahunty and Mojo Mathers alone stand out as members who might know what it means to put in the hard graft for environmental causes.
Having rid themselves of those pesky old people – the founding members of the Green party, such as Jeanette Fitzsimons and Mike Ward, who lived and breathed their green values, these pretenders have taken over the party name and the green catchcry for their own brand of social engineering.
What we have now better resembles a new ‘New Labour’ party like the one formed in 1989 by Jim Anderton and co. to counter the perceived lurch to the right of the then Labour Party. Nothing wrong with that, but don’t masquerade as ‘environmentalists’ who have a monopoly on caring for the environment and a direct line to God on how to save it.
The sad thing is that the real Labour Party (the one led by Cunliffe) hasn’t yet cottoned on to the fact that this bunch of new ‘New Labourites’ are positioning themselves to Labour’s hard left with social policies designed to eventually eclipse their so-called Labour allies. The other sad thing is that people follow them blindly.
The disquiet about the true nature of these activists is finding its way onto Facebook pages where some digging has gone on to expose their backgrounds. Here’s a recent example.
THE GREENS AND THE RISK TO NEW ZEALAND
Russel Norman is a "former" Marxist and current co - leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Norman was born in Brisbane, Australia, and worked a number of unskilled roles after dropping out of medical school. Norman moved to New Zealand in 1997 saying this was to observe the red-green Alliance coalition. He wrote his political science PhD thesis on the Alliance, and was active within the party editing its party newsletter. Whilst living in Australia, Norman was involved with the Socialist Workers' Party (a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist organisation) for several years.[
He was also a member of Resistance-the youth wing of the Australian Democratic Socialist Party. The Democratic Socialist Perspective (DSP) was an Australian Marxist political group, which operated as the largest component of a broad-left socialist formation, the Socialist Alliance. In 2010, the DSP voted to merge into the Socialist Alliance.
He worked at a variety of jobs in Australia. Listing some of these, and in chronological order:
1988, Nurses Aid.
1989-90, Sheetmetal worker.
1990-2, Car assembly-line worker.
He arrived in New Zealand in 1997, worked on an organic farm for a while (the Waiheke connection), and in 2002 entered politics standing for the Greens.
Metiria Leanne Agnes Stanton Turei (born 1970) is a New Zealand member of Parliament and the female co-leader of the Green Party alongside Russel Norman.
Between 1989–1991, Metiria was the Tumuaki o Te Iwi Maori Rawakore o Aotearoa and involved with Te Roopu Rawakore o Aotearoa. Metiria was a founding member of the Random Trollops performance art troupe. She was a candidate for the McGillicuddy Serious Party in the 1993 election and for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party in the 1996 election.
She joined the Green Party in 2002 and was elected as co-leader at the Green Party AGM in 2009. Apart from her being a part of the Random Trollops, she doesn't appear to have held down a job of substance.
These two, one a dyed in the wool socialist with Marxist leanings, and the other just someone desperate to get a tax paid ride in Parliament with whatever party will have her, are the leaders of the party that Labour are happy to suck up to just to get onto the front benches.
Neither have a work history or useful education which might qualify them for politics or indeed any history of being concerned with the 'green' environment which is the camouflage used to attract gullible and young voters.
The worst thing that can happen to New Zealand, for everyone, is for the Greens (red on the inside) to get a controlling foothold in Parliament with the Union controlled Labour party and its self confessed socialist inspired leader.