Russel Norman leaving Parliament

It’s not really surprising to see Russel Norman announce that he’s leaving Parliament. This is how he annolunced it via email:

I’ve got some news.

At the end of October, I’m going to be leaving Parliament. I am stepping down as a Green Party MP to take over as the Executive Director of Greenpeace New Zealand.

I am looking forward to the new challenges and the hard work I’m embarking on. But of course, at a time of change like this, I’m also finding myself looking into the past.

It’s sure going to be the end of an era for me. I’ve been a Green Party MP for over seven years (and was Co-leader for nine) and when I look back at what we have achieved over the last decade… crikey! Working with others, we not only achieved really practical things, like home insulation, rail electrification and bikeways, we also won many more people to the ideas of sustainability.

During my time with the Greens we have campaigned hard on issues that really matter to New Zealand. When I am an old man looking back I’m going to be proud of the part I have played in giving hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders a voice in opposition to asset sales, protecting our fresh waterways, shining a light on secret spying and the secret TPPA deal, and pushing for some desperately needed real action on climate change.

This is probably the last email you’ll get from me as a Green MP, and the only thing I want to say is thank you. Thank you for your support, your energy, your passion and your action. Thank you for the part you play in driving forward new ideas and solutions against the old headwinds of fear and inertia.

My work, and the work of all of us MPs, would have been nothing without your support and action – on the ground, outside of Parliament, in the real world.

It’s been a huge privilege to represent your voice. But it’s time for me to leave and step into a new challenge, with Greenpeace New Zealand.

My leaving, of course, also opens up a seat in Parliament for the amazing Marama Davidson, the next on the Green Party list. Marama will be a great addition to the Green team and will make a massive contribution.

So, for one last time, thank you and kia kaha.

Dr Russel Norman

Green Party MP

Parliament is a tough gig, especially at party leader level. Norman can justifiably be proud of what he has achieved.

Norman first stood for Parliament in Australia in 1990. He moved to New Zealand ih 1997.  He first stood here in 2002 and was placed seventeenth on their list. He didn’t stand for an electorate in 2005 but was placed tenth on the list. However that wasn’t enough to get him into Parliament.

He became party co-leader from outside Parliament in 2006 after the death of Rod Donald., defeating Nandor Tanczos. In 2008  when Tanczos resigned the next two on the Green list stood aside so Norman could take a seat in Parliament.

Since then Greens increased their number of MPs to fourteen in 2011 and held steady at that in 2014. Greens were kept out of power largely due to Labour’s failure to impress since Helen Clark lost and left.

Interesting to see that Norman is moving to lead Greenpeace in New Zealand,

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26 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  11th September 2015

    That clown cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars with his destructive attack on asset sales and converted the Greens from an environmental party into far left socialist extremists.

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    • Indeed Alan. I had some respect for the Greens under Donald and Auntie Jeanette…. but throw in the toxic Sue Bradford, Meteria and Norman and that all ebbed away.

      The NZ Power stunt was just typical Leftie action… stuff the public purse we know best.

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      • Jeanette Fitzsimons? respect? Bleugh!

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        • Shane – at least she was authentic. Not living in a Castle, wearing $2k jackets and backing on about poverty all the time. JF at least was a hippie living a hippy lifestyle on the Coromandel communing with Gaia….

          The current crop are all urbanites from what I can see and fake as all hell

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          • Im not concerned about the urbanites thing, but the Anti Science brigade, how can you latch on to solid science such as climate change, and then be anti vaxxer, homeopathic remedy for Ebola supporting clowns….. The greens have lost their environment message amongst their drive to be left of labour for sure, despite the environment being a problem no matter which side of parliament you are on.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  12th September 2015

              If you think climate science is solid you don’t know much science. It has as many fraudsters as its Green companions.

            • Fair enough about the Urbanite thing not bothering you – that was me just pointing out where the REAL Greens came from in NZ to a large extent. Namely the back to nature, hippy communes of 60’s and 70’s.

              The current crop all look too politically polished and all seem more interested in stupid inequality politics over real Green issues, though Shaw is making a show of banging the Climate drum…..

              All in all a Party adrift from its roots and I suspect their is some disquiet in the party ranks after a rather slick leadership campaign by Shaw….. I heard rumours that a few almost Slater like tricks were used to undermine Mr Hague….

            • jamie

               /  12th September 2015

              @dave, people don’t live in the back-to-nature communes of the 60s and 70s anymore. It’s a bit like saying you can’t be a real National MP unless you milk 100 cows on your family-owned farm on your way to parliament every morning.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  12th September 2015

              @jamie, there are still plenty of back to nature people in the countryside but they don’t vote Green. That’s for DoC bureaucrats and urban woolly worriers.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  12th September 2015

              If you want an example of climate change crooks you need look no further than this bunch of thugs in the Maldives: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11512007

              Likewise most of the other island states clamouring for other people’s money when their sea levels are actually falling except where they have created local disasters by their own mismanagement – ie excessive fresh water draw downs.

              Oh, and they find plenty of pseudo-scientific support for their shakedown and blackmail attempts.

          • Mike C

             /  12th September 2015

            @Dave

            Yeah … at least Jeanette has always put her money where her mouth is. She got on that boat for about a week or so to protest against the Oil drilling testing.

            Can you imagine Material Turei having the guts and gumption to do that?

            The Green Party has lost sight of the ideals they were originally founded upon, and are not that much different to the Labour Party now … which is somewhat ironic. LOL.

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    • kittycatkin

       /  11th September 2015

      The more fools Greenpeace if they take him on.

      The gratuitous bold characters make his statement look silly, as they make phrases emphatic that don’t need or deserve to be, It’s as bad as when people use pointless quote marks.

      His wannabe chatty manner doesn’t go well with his self-important statements, either.

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  2. Missy

     /  11th September 2015

    By putting someone with a political background in charge makes it look like Greenpeace are looking to move in a more political direction, so the question that should be asked is: should their charity status be reviewed again (in my opinion they should not have charity status, they are a political lobby group not a charity).

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  3. Michelle

     /  11th September 2015

    How do we all feel about Greenpeace being a charity now then? Not that I gave them any money anyway, but come on, this is getting sickening.

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  4. kiwi dave

     /  11th September 2015

    Norman and greenpeace deserve each other – neither has ever achieved anything significant despite their loud shoutings. Most greenp actions simply make them look like middle-class terrorists with grudges.

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  5. Sponge

     /  11th September 2015

    Norman can only be considered as a failure as an MP and as a co leader. Under his stewardship the Greens (despite the lies in his press release) achieved nothing. They certainly had the opportunity to get inside the tent at the last 2 elections but because their real ideological leanings came through, they ruled out working with the Nats. As a result Labour could take them for granted and they achieved not one damn thing.

    Oh, and his pathetic bleating about his “fwag” made him look like a absolute fool.

    I (a long time Nat supporter) could have voted for the Greens under Rod Donald as they appeared to care about real “green” things. Under Norman? Well they were just the parliamentary wing of Greenpeace.

    Good riddance.

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    • jamie

       /  12th September 2015

      What does “parliamentary wing of Greenpeace” mean in real terms? What were the “real green things” that the Party cared about back when you could have voted for them that they don’t care about now? How do these things conflict with the ideals of Greenpeace? What are some of the “wing of Greenpeace” things they’ve done under Norman that they wouldn’t have done back when you could have voted for them?

      Sounds like pretty empty rhetoric to be honest.

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      • Pete Kane

         /  12th September 2015

        Jamie I some what reluctantly voted for the Green Party at the last election. After reading much of the commentary above (and your own commentary) I don’t feel so bad about my choice after all.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  12th September 2015

        @jamie, they used to care at least a little bit about making economic sense and democracy. Now they are all about inflicting minority supported policies on the majority.

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        • jamie

           /  12th September 2015

          As above, can you think of any examples? By which I mean examples showing the shift you describe, so a policy fitting your description that they now support and previously wouldn’t/didn’t, or vise-versa.

          Sans such examples it’s just more empty wishy-washy rhetoric, as above.

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  6. Maybe they should call Nandor back.. 🙂
    get cannabis law reform back on their agenda !

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