The (Green) party released its initial list this morning, which was decided by delegates and candidates at a February conference. Members would now vote on the final list, which would be released in May.
Metiria Turei and Russel Norman remain favourites to lead the party.
Eugenie Sage, who speaks for the party on conservation and resource management issues, was promoted from 6th place to 4th place.
The list: 1 Turei, Metiria (same)
2 Norman, Russel (same)
3 Hague, Kevin (same)
4 Sage, Eugenie (up 2)
5 Delahunty, Catherine (down 1)
6 Hughes, Gareth (up 1)
7 Graham, Kennedy (down 2)
8 Genter, Julie Anne (up 5)
9 Logie, Jan (same)
10 Shaw, James (up 5)
11 Walker, Holly (up 1)
12 Clendon, David (down 4)
13 Roche, Denise (down 2)
14 Mathers, Mojo (same)
Some of the Greens' decline probably relates to the party's rather colourless political nature lately. In its very strong attempt to be a serious and conventional political institution, the Greens appear to have foregone some of the party's original colour and uniqueness. In the Q+A interview, for example, Russel Norman came across blandly and focused mostly on middle-of-the-road messages about 'responsible fiscal policy', 'paying off debt' and being 'fiscally prudent'. Similarly, in the weekend, business reporter Richard Meadows interviewed the co-leader about personal finances, and received some notably bland and conventional.
If the Greens fail to get Roche across the line at this year’s election there’s talk she’ll expect a job on the Local Board. I doubt it, there’s just not enough money to support her lifestyle. No, expect the Board to fund some ‘consultancy’ or ‘waste management’ contract. Those are far more lucrative.