Green Party AGM

The Green Party have their annual conference/AGM this weekend. A notable new feature will be a keynote address by Andrew Little.

Co-leader James Shaw will keynote for the Greens – it will be interesting to see how he comes cross following Little.


That photo is from the launch of the Memorandum of Understanding – interesting that Annette King is cut off the side but she won’t feature at the AGM.

Here is a ‘media advisory’ from James Shaw on what is on the agenda:

What: The Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand AGM, including keynote speeches from James Shaw, Metiria Turei and Andrew Little, plus the launch of a new nationwide environmental campaign


Saturday 4 June:

  • 1.15pm Keynote speech by Labour Party leader Andrew Little – media are requested to be on-site by 1pm
  • Followed by keynote speech by Green Party Co-leader James Shaw
  • Following the speeches there will be a joint media stand-up

 Sunday 5 June

  • 1pm: Launch of a centrepiece environmental campaign by Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei, followed by a photo-op  and media stand-up

Where: Lincoln Events Centre, 15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln, Canterbury

·         The event will also be livestreamed through The Green Party Facebook page:

The Green Party AGM this year will see keynote speeches by Co-leader James Shaw and Labour leader Andrew Little as the two parties come together to change the government in 2017.

“We have 18 months to change the government and we will make use of every single day of those 18 months,” said Mr Shaw.

“This is an exciting time to be part of the Green Party. We’re coming into this AGM with real momentum from our recent state houses and freight policy launches, and, of course, the signing of our historic agreement with Labour.

“We’ve been putting the foundations in place – renewed leadership, talking about the issues that matter to New Zealand, and with this week’s announcement, a clear movement to change the government.”

On Sunday, the Green Party will launch a new nationwide campaign to fight for our environment.

“The Government thinks the environment is there to make a fast buck,” said Mr Shaw.

“Look at the situation with freshwater: John Key says that most of our water just runs out to sea, when in fact it sustains native species and ecosystems, as well as communities who swim in and gather food from rivers.

“But because those things don’t make export dollars, the National Government doesn’t see any value in them, and our environment suffers.

“We are excited to be launching a new campaign that will bring New Zealanders together and fight for our beautiful outdoor spaces,” said Mr Shaw.

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  1. @TheNationTV3

    And we’re live at the @NZGreens AGM with @metiria and @AndrewLittleMP. Stronger together or dragging each other down?

    The Nation is on TV3 at 9:30 am Saturday and repeated 10:00 am Sunday

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  4th June 2016

    The Greens think the environment is there to give them easy votes.

    • Blazer

       /  4th June 2016

      The Nats think the environment is there to give them…easy…profits!

      • Gezza

         /  4th June 2016

        I agree with Labour’s plan to clean up the rivers properly.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  4th June 2016

          What is the plan?

          • David

             /  4th June 2016

            The same one the underpants gnomes had;

            1. Collect Underpants
            2. ?
            3. Profit

          • Gezza

             /  4th June 2016

            @ Alan … What is the plan?

            According to Environment Ministry figures, more than 60 per cent of monitored rivers in New Zealand are unsafe for swimming. Last summer forty swimming beaches were hit with a caution label for water quality.

            In a country like ours, with our extensive coastline, rainfall and pristine mountain catchments, it should never have come to this.

            We’ll set minimum standards for clean lakes and rivers, and require that dirty rivers and lakes are cleaned up over a generation.

            We’d start with amendments to the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management under the RMA. We need robust national bottom-lines and the present National Policy Statement doesn’t provide them.

            Under Labour, we would begin the restoration of degraded waterways and wetlands, and look to see new storage and irrigation schemes that are environmentally and economically sustainable.

            Posted by Andrew Little on August 12, 2015

            Nothing about visual pollution caused by bureaucrats flapping in the breeze hung up on fences. You might still be ok if by any absolute bloody miracle – like the convention centre roof falling in on everybody at the next National Party Conference – they actually wound up in government. 😎

  3. Corky

     /  4th June 2016

    “But because those things don’t make export dollars, the National Government doesn’t see any value in them, and our environment suffers.”

    I won’t entirely disagree with that. But it does show the Greens political naivety.

  4. David

     /  4th June 2016

    I might go and protest and prevent people getting by chaining myself to the door in protest at …maybe Metria,s very expensive designer clobber or Greenpeaces support for polar bear hunting, climategate emails anyone got anything better.

  5. Gezza

     /  4th June 2016

    Lol. What a photo PG. Could those two blokes on either side look any less like they’re running the show than the sheila at the mic? XD

    • Iceberg

       /  4th June 2016

      Can you imagine Helen Clark ever allowing that image to circulate? Or Peters, or Key.

      Little is toast.

  6. Zedd

     /  4th June 2016

    Labour-Greens MOU.. to bring down ‘Team Key’ in 2017. 🙂
    Of course there is a ‘squeaky wheel’ called Winston/NZF, but I don’t think him & key see eye2eye either ! :/

  7. Kitty Catkin

     /  4th June 2016

    James Shaw lacks real presence; he’s very easy to overlook.

    As girls, we have a huge advantage-we can dress in a way that makes us stand out among the dark suits.

  8. Pete Kane

     /  4th June 2016

    Well at least it’s moderately interesting opening. Wonder what the truth is?

    “The inhumane haste at which the Labour Party and Greens announced their Memorandum of Understanding”

    • PDB

       /  4th June 2016

      Bradbury is always fantasizing about centre-right operatives within the left that are out to sabotage his socialist revolution……sounds like more of the same.


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