Initial Green Party list

The Green party has revealed it’s 2017 ‘initial party list’.

The biggest loser is current MP David Clendon, dropped into danger territory at 16. And new prospect Hayley Holt has been talked up by media (she has a media background) but won’t be pleased being put in at 29.

Julie Anne Genter has climbed to 3, and new MP this term Marama Davidson has jumped up the pecking order to 4.

Five of the top six are female which is surprising given the Green promotion of equality.

Jack McDonald (9) and John Hart are additions with a good chance of making it into Parliament, and Chloe Swarbrick (13) is also in the possibility region (oddly she is ranked just above Denise Roche who beat her in the contest to stand in Auckland Central).

Green Party thrilled to announce initial 2017 party list

The Green Party has today released its initial party list for the 2017 election – and it includes a mix of fresh new talent and experienced hands, Co-leader James Shaw said.

Current ranking in brackets.

  1. Metiria Turei (1)
  2. James Shaw (2)
  3. Julie Anne Genter (7)
  4. Marama Davidson (13, Russel Norman’s list replacement in 2015)
  5. Eugenie Sage (3)
  6. Jan Logie (9)
  7. Gareth Hughes (4)
  8. Mojo Mathers (8)
  9. Jack McDonald (new)
  10. Barry Coates (14, got into Parliament in October 2016 as list replacement)
  11. Kennedy Graham (6)
  12. John Hart (new)
  13. Chloe Swarbrick (new)
  14. Denise Roche (11)
  15. Golriz Ghahraman (new)
  16. David Clendon (10)
    The rest are not MPs and seem unlikely to get in:
  17. Teanau Tuiono
  18. Leilani Tamu
  19. Teall Crossen
  20. Chris Perley
  21. Dr Elizabeth Kerekere
  22. Sam Taylor
  23. Matt Lawrey
  24. Susanne Ruthven
  25. Ricardo Menendez-March
  26. Richard Leckinger
  27. Thomas Nash
  28. Kate Fulton
  29. Hayley Holt
  30. Ash Holwell
  31. Tane Woodley
  32. Julie Zhu
  33. Robin McCandless
  34. Stefan Grand-Meyer
  35. Jo Wrigley
  36. Dora Langsbury
  37. Niki Bould
  38. Scott Summerfield
  39. Richard Wesley
  40. Rochelle Surendran
  41. Bridget Walsh
  42. Shane Gallagher
  43. Rachael Goldsmith
  44. Guy Hunt
  45. James Goodhue
  46. Patrick Wall

This initial will now go to party members nationwide to vote on (using STV) so there is no guarantee it will remain  anything like this, except for the top two..

The initial list has been put together by delegates and candidates who attended the Party’s February candidates’ conference. Delegates were able to put candidates through their paces and evaluate their performance.

“The Green Party is entering the 2017 race with our strongest group of candidates ever,” said Mr Shaw.

“Our current MPs, combined with new faces, represent the best of New Zealand. They are dedicated and experienced leaders from diverse backgrounds, and together will help make Aotearoa truly great.

“I am delighted that we have very strong representation from throughout the country, including Auckland. And with two candidates in their twenties in our top 20, we will be a very strong voice for young people.

“We have the most democratic list selection process out of the major parties and are proud of the high level of involvement our members have. In the Green Party it is the members who decide our party list,” said Mr Shaw.

Voting papers will be sent to party members on 20 April, and the final list will be announced at the end of May.


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  1. Ray

     /  2nd April 2017

    Well, so far, the “old blood” have done a good job shutting any newbies out.
    I guess we will see if having free travel for MPs will have enabled the said MPs to get around the provinces to shore up their ranking.
    They had the highest average age, it will be interesting to see how it goes.

    • I presume this initial list gets quite a bit of influence from current MPs and the party management. The rank and file may or may not want to try and change the rankings.

  2. David

     /  2nd April 2017

    Marama Davison is a crazy choice to have so high on the list, you have some appealing candidates probably negated by her high list place, awful woman.

  3. David

     /  2nd April 2017

    Genter and Shaw would make good co leaders with Chloe whatever and Gareth Hughes and then the rest of the rump after that. They are the environmentalist focused people with some tacked on social justice nonsense rather than the other way around for the likes of Turei, Davidson, Kennedy et al

  4. Zedd

     /  3rd April 2017

    Good to see Pat Wall, Shane & Rachael in top 50 🙂


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