Green leadership contenders

There’s been no more nominations for the male co-leader position vacated by Russel Norman so there will four contenders:

  • Kevin Hague
  • Gareth Hughes
  • James Shaw
  • Vernon Tava

I think the leading contenders will be Hague – experienced and reliable – versus a contrasting new hope for the future, James Shaw.

My pick is the safer option, Hague. Shaw’s time will come – he had initially said he wouldn’t stand this time due to only being an MP for a few months but changed his mind.

Tava has some interesting ideas but with no chance of being an MP for the next two and a half years, and has said he doesn’t know if he will stand for the Green list in 2017, so I don’t think he has much chance.

Hughes may appeal to some Greens with his ‘do what members choose’ approach but his reliance on ‘hey Clint; guidance must count against him, ultimately people like leaders who are prepared to lead.

There’s been just one nomination for the female co-leader position. Metiria Turei has tweeted:

Whew! Reckon my chances are pretty good…

But she points out there’s still a vote:

Yep.  We have a no confidance option for delegates who dont want to vote for me (or any candidate)

I don’t know if the vote is made public but I’d expect Greens to avoid controversy over Turei being elected without a solid endorsement.

The voting will be done at the Green AGM on 30 May so that’s another 6 weeks in leadership limbo with Norman phasing out.

And Turei has had a low profile over the last month, maybe contemplating her own future, maybe not wanting to dominate the leadership as Norman fades away.

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  1. Brown

     /  18th April 2015

    Hague screams homo, homo, homo and the gay agenda is his agenda. You could pick worse for a party looking to become more acceptable to “ordinary” voters but you would have to look under rocks. They are presently a party of marxist sexually fixated weirdos going no where and are nothing like the half sensible party in the days of Rod Donald.

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    • I met Kevin once & all I heard was : ‘Green, Green Green’..
      The Greens run on a platform of ‘Environmental & SOCIAL Justice’ issues
      Not just : Money. Money, Money & how to get more money ! 😦

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      • I’ve met and had a good talk with Kevin and he seemed a well informed well intentioned pragmatic MP.

        I don’t know about and don’t care about his private life, it’s irrelevant.

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  2. JOhn Campbell

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