Shaw could work with Peters with gritted teeth

James Shaw has said he would prefer not to have to work with Winston Peters, but would if it meant changing the Government (getting National out of power).

This suggests he sees a NZ First dictated coalition as better for the country than the current Government.

It also implies that he thinks a Labour+Green+NZ First collation would do better for Green policy preferences than National+Green

Newshub: ‘If I have to’ – Greens co-leader James Shaw on working with Winston Peters

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says he’ll work with Winston Peters if that’s what it takes to change the Government.

“If you look at the trends in the polls… it’s about level pegging,” says Mr Shaw. “This is a very close election.”

“I can [work with Mr Peters] if I have to. Ultimately, it wouldn’t be my first choice.”

It may be the Greens only choice if they refuse to work with National.

Last year Mr Shaw and his co-leader Metiria Turei were split on whether working with the National Party was a possibility – Mr Shaw open to it, and Ms Turei “100 percent” against it.

It is claimed that Green Party members, who theoretically at least would make any decision on who they would and wouldn’t go into coalition with, are strongly against working with National.

On current polling Labour+Greens are nowhere near getting a majority, and Labour has gone backwards in the latest Newshub poll to 26%. Greens didn’t pick up all Labour’s shed support, they were on 12.5% but combined that is less than 40%.

NZ First rose more to 9.4% and may challenge Greens for the third party spot. They may have no choice than to go with NZ First and Labour.

If that happens it won’t only be Shaw with gritted teeth.

In an interview with The Spinoff in March, Ms Turei said despite Mr Peters being “annoying as hell” and holding “racist views”, she admired him for his tenacity and the advice he’s given her over the years.

Shane Jones looks set to join NZ First and seems to have more rancid racist views – see Jones signals a rancid approach.

Greens claim to be much better than this, but Shaw suggests they would join with it anyway, ironically to oust National who have more open immigration policies than Labour and especially NZ First.

Who needs principles when you want power?


  1. Thanks for this Pete, I agree with your premise, as it applies to coalition, – “Who needs principles when you want power?”

    Interested also in people’s assessment of the likelihood of a Nats/WRP marriage.

    • Gezza

       /  June 16, 2017

      Nats will go with anyone they need except Labour & the Greens, imo.
      Anyone else they need would have to be prepared to concede policy.
      * Labour could, but wouldn’t – which is odd when you consider how much they already inspire some of National’s.
      * Greens members would be too steadfast on policy to give ground.
      * WRP would concede but still be disruptive. He’s killed two coalitions already. But given the right non-bauble roles he csn do them well.

  2. Brown

     /  June 16, 2017

    Shaw will work with someone less left than someones else to get rid of someone else who is more left than the one you will work with. Green politics reminds me of Middle Eastern politics. A house of fools in my view and completely unfit to govern (which I suspect is why the Greens don’t want to govern when they can virtue signal on the public teat and never be accountable for the consequences of their lunacy).

  3. PDB

     /  June 16, 2017

    Shaw: “If you look at the trends in the polls… it’s about level pegging,” says Mr Shaw. “This is a very close election.”

    If he can’t do the basic math that he will HAVE to work with Winston if he wants to be in govt then how is he going to go about running the country?

  4. John Schmidt

     /  June 16, 2017

    What can Labour Greens possibly do that makes NZ better. Their basic plan is to run a Robin Hood economy. Trouble being there are significantly more losers than winners with this policy and winners are voters and its hard to imagine winners being happy to forgo the fortunes of their hard work so that someone else can have a bigger TV.

  5. Zedd

     /  June 16, 2017

    dump trump.. oh yes & natz too,, i think theyve made enough mess, needs a new look, even with Grn-Lab-NZ1st-Act(?)

    • Gezza

       /  June 16, 2017

      What exactly is the mess they’ve made, & what exactly would that combo do to fix it?

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