TOP tried to entice Genter

Julie Anne Genter has revealed that someone in The Opportunities Party sounded her out to see if she might consider jumping from the Green ship and joining them. TOP say that no formal approach was made but they would welcome her if she was interested.

Not surprisingly Genter wasn’t interested. She is one of the best performing and respected Green MPs.

Stuff:  Senior Green MP says she rebuffed TOP party call for her to jump ship

Senior Green MP Julie Anne Genter says she has rebuffed an approach by Gareth Morgan’s The Opportunities Party (TOP) to jump ship.

She had revealed the approach to columnist Toby Manhire who had referred to it but not name her.

It was a friendly conversation that she did not intend to be “a big deal” and did not expect it to be public even though she had mentioned it to Manhire.

“I didn’t expect him to use it, no. But, hey, I told him. I was open about it. i just didn’t think it was a story.”

She really told a journalist a story and didn’t expect it to be used? I find that one hard to believe.

Genter said she had rejected the proposal, made about a month ago after her bill to legalise medicinal cannabis was drawn from the ballot.

She would not disclose who made contact on Facebook, but said it was not Morgan or TOP deputy leader Geoff Simmons.

“I got a message from one of their senior people, a Facebook message, asking if I could talk. This was about four weeks ago the day my bill got pulled from the ballot so I thought it was about that.”

“And I said ‘you can’t be serious’ – no I think I said ‘you’re not serious’ and then he said ‘I’m dead serious Julie Anne’.”

TOPs was seeking a candidate for Auckland Central and he said she was a great performance and “evidence based” so right up TOP’s alley.

She said she had told him her “evidence-based” reasons for staying with the Green Party. It was the best way to make the policy changes she and the caller wanted. That was by changing the Government and the Greens would be a large part of that.

I doubt there was any chance that Genter would have jumped from the Greens at all let alone heading into a campaign, despite her being nudged down the Green Party list, and despite being involved in the photo shoot being left off the North & South glam Green cover.

New parties would love to recruit a sitting MP if they could. There were stories (that seem to have had some basis) that one or two Labour MPs might have considered jumping to the Internet Party last election.

I don’t know this is a big deal. The most interesting aspect is why Genter revealed it to a journalist.


  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  July 7, 2017

    Yeah, right.

    Dream on, Gareth.

    Andrew Little is as likely to waka jump to TOP.

    • Corky

       /  July 7, 2017

      Andy can’t waka jump. He has no feet.

  2. Gezza

     /  July 7, 2017

    The most interesting aspect is why Genter revealed it to a journalist.

    Why is that interesting?

    • Lesson number one when talking to reporters: If you don’t want them to report it, don’t say it, choose your words, don’t run off at the mouth. And don’t act surprised or annoyed when they do, it’s their job.
      I guess the follow up lesson is political: Saying anything that might indicate division or intrigue is sure to result in a followup story and more publicity.

  3. Clare Curran?

  4. Brown

     /  July 8, 2017

    ”She is one of the best performing and respected Green MPs.”

    True enough which shows how appalling the Greens are.