James Shaw resets Green Party on path to Government

Kennedy Graham return rejected

Kennedy Graham return rejected

Leader James Shaw and party hierarchy went into urgent strategy meetings to overhaul a pricey campaign in four days, just six weeks out from the General election.

"But you know, we like recycling", Shaw said in an unveiling at the party's media company.

Shaw also apologised to voters who may have felt "let down" by the party's in-house turmoil of the past few weeks.

"I didn't come to Parliament to act like other political parties, but over the past week that's where we've ended up", he said.

Former co-leader Metiria Turei resigned on Wednesday, saying scrutiny of her family over her past welfare history had become unbearable.

Mr Shaw said it had been a long week for the Greens.

"We have a new slogan".

Mr Shaw announced a number of changes for the Greens, including running a positive campaign and the reused slogan. "The Green Party is determined to represent all New Zealanders and we have the talent and experience on our team to do that".

Marama Davidson is the new poverty spokesperson, Julie Ann Genter is taking climate change and Eugenie Sage will lead on cleaning up rivers. "We will focus on the very real challenges that our country faces, and we will focus on solutions that no one else is promising, with the best MPs and the best candidates to get the job done".

New candidates Chloe Swarbrick and Golriz Ghahraman have moved up into seventh and eighth on the list, nearly guaranteeing them a seat in Parliament post-September.

A new female co-leader would not be appointed until the party's AGM next year, with Mr Shaw leading the party alone until then.

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