Genter enters Green leadership contest

The Greens have got a contest in their quest for a leader to replace Metiria Turei, with Julie Anne Genter putting her hat in the ring today.

Kia ora whānau. I want to let you know I am putting my name forward to be co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.

I am very humbled by the support and encouragement I have received so far. I have nothing but aroha and respect for my colleagues who may also stand. It is important for the party members to make the choice that is best for the party. This is what I have to offer.

Genter has experience already in a range of roles, particularly transport. She also represents an important demographic, immigrants.

I think it’s good for the Greens to have a choice here, it will give them an opportunity to examine where they want to take the party now they are in Government.

Marama Davidson has already put herself forward. Nominations close tomorrow (Friday).

I think Genter is likely to appeal to a wider range of voters than Davidson, but may have a challenge getting support from the more left wing side if the Greens. Genter is quite left-ish herself, but not as much as Davidson.

 

21 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  February 8, 2018

    This could get bloody.

    • phantom snowflake

       /  February 8, 2018

      Alas your catfight fantasies have no chance of being realized; the Green Party have a long history of polite leadership contests and this is no ambush, it having been talked about at the earliest stages that JAG would contest the leadership. The best you can hope for is an unlikely Paula/Judith stoush.

      • Gezza

         /  February 8, 2018

        Look at those eyes in that clip.

        • phantom snowflake

           /  February 8, 2018

          Sure she’s intense, but that’s not necessarily a dangerous quality. We shall see, I’m good at being wrong about things…

          • Gezza

             /  February 8, 2018

            Now imagine you”re a lone gazelle, & you can’t see them perring at you through the long grass, downwind…

  2. Patzcuaro

     /  February 8, 2018

    Depends on whether you are appealing to the converted or what to attract new voters.

  3. robertguyton

     /  February 8, 2018

    I’ve met Julie Anne. She cycled to a hui in Southland, from Christchurch, and I took her (virtual) baton further south to Riverton on my bike, the following day. Nearly killed me; strong headwinds and my advanced years, but did get home, wet, tired, exhilarated. She was delightful; warm-hugger, able conversationalist, good soul. She’s a strong’un, but then, so’s Marama. They’re very good people, those Greens. I like Metiria very much indeed.

    • Gezza

       /  February 8, 2018

      Well, fair enuf, but she’s part of your tribe. People who belong to the Labour, National, NZFirst tribes all say similar things about their fsvourite MPs when they meet them at social gatherings too.

      • robertguyton

         /  February 9, 2018

        Even Act tribespeople? Must be difficult.

        • Gezza

           /  February 9, 2018

          Act is not a tribe. It’s an intimate social circle that meets in a phone booth.

          • robertguyton

             /  February 9, 2018

            And still leaving room for the public to use the phone.

  4. robertguyton

     /  February 8, 2018

    “Jack” over at TS reckons:
    “Have listened to her speak a few times and she is quite intelligent and has got some balls, probably more than most of the men in the National Party.”

    • Gerrit

       /  February 9, 2018

      It would seem by that comment that the change from radical advocacy to being a contributing influence in a stable government is proving not as easy as the Greens would have envisaged.

      Couple of instances

      Julie Ann Genter trying to set up a national register of alleged sexual harassment misconduct in the work place. Radical, yes. Practical, no

      Golriz Ghahraman whilst protesting at Waihopai was actually protesting against the very government she is a member off.

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