Green problems continue

A battered Green party seems to have taken another hit with one of their top staff stepping down and another either stepping or being pushed sideways.

Whatever the reason, a month out from the election this has to be disruptive and an indication of ongoing repercussions in the party after a damaging few weeks.

NZH: Top Green Party staffer resigns just weeks out from election

The Green Party has been hit by more turmoil after its political director resigned with just weeks to go until the election.

The resignation of communications specialist Joss Debreceny follows the departure of the party’s chief of staff Deborah Morris-Travers, although she will keep working for the Greens on a special anti-poverty project.

Responding to Herald inquiries, Shaw said he had reluctantly accepted Debreceny’s resignation.

“Joss has given tireless, loyal support and made an important contribution to the Green cause, and I am deeply grateful for that.”

Shaw said Morris-Travers’ move out of the chief-of-staff role was to take up a “special projects” role, including providing policy advice on ending poverty in New Zealand.

“We are keen to utilise Deborah’s expertise on the rights of children, as well as tapping into her past experience as a member of Parliament,” Shaw said.

“Joss and Deborah are superb operators. As these changes are operational issues it would be inappropriate to make any further comment.”

One could wonder how involved these two staff members were in the Metiria mission on poverty, and the handling of the PR disaster.

One could also wonder whether they are deserting a sinking ship, or if they have been thrown overboard.

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  1. Corky

     /  22nd August 2017

    Deborah Morris-Travers.

    Watched an interesting anti smacking doco ( at the time) comparing Deborah Morris to Simon Barnett when it came to discipline.

    Morris said, if her 3 year old daughter was playing up, she would sit down and explain to her why her actions were wrong. If that meant they were half an hour late for an appointment, so be it.

    Barnett conversely, followed a similar path, but if his child continued to misbehave a smack was in order..

    What has this to do with the Greens? Well, extrapolate Morris’s inappropriate response to real world issues and punctuality in favour of speaking to a three year old who didn’t understand what the hell she was on about, and you have a person who may seriously misread a situation.

    A situation like allowing a flash Maori MP to publicly admit to benefit fraud.

  2. Tipene

     /  22nd August 2017

    Oh no……..[You should know not to go there here. PG]

    • phantom snowflake

       /  22nd August 2017

      …and then there’s “Taylored” = being overwhelmed with bitterness and unforgiveness towards a former friend…

  3. sorethumb

     /  22nd August 2017

    Notice on Morning report, anything to do with Transport has [forgot her name -American accent] on the mike. That’s where the Greens sound credible.

    • sorethumb

       /  22nd August 2017

      and then out the other end -Catherine Delahunty, Kotare School etc 000000…..

  4. Brown

     /  23rd August 2017

    Who says there’s no good news?

  5. Trevors_elbow

     /  23rd August 2017

    Shaw shoring up his position… classic management push sideways to special projects and then out the door when no one is looking…

    James the Consultant executing the change plan

    I wonder if he and JAG get on or whether a male will challenge JS post election?

  6. Blazer

     /  23rd August 2017

    the Greens have been sidelined this election.They need to rebuild for 2020.


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