The Green Party used to be known as an alternative party promoting environmental betterment and social goodness.
Under Metiria Turei’s leadership it is putting a lot more emphasis on Maori things.
Yesterday on Facebook:
Top of the billing is the Treaty of Waitangi, something not mentioned by Andrew Little at all in his ‘state of the nation’ speech last week.
In the past Turei and the Greens have only used electorate contests to push hard for the all important party vote, but their are signs of that changing, with Julie Anne Genter having a testing the waters in the Mt Albert by-election, and Chloe Swarbrick challenging to contest Auckland Central saying she wants to win an electorate.
Turei is switching from a quite un-Maori electorate, Dunedin North (where she has been very successful at growing Green support), to the Te Tai Tonga electorate.
I suspect that given her increasing emphasis on Maori she fancies winning a Maori seat.
Are the Greens morphing into an alternative Maori Party?
Labour seems to think it deserves Maori votes due to historical electoral habits, but the Maori vote looks like being hotly contested with five parties with the Maori Party, Mana, Greens and Labour all competing for traditional Maori votes, plus Winston Peters and Shane Jones looking like going hard out in Northland as well.