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Le Matte Juste: More resignations!

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, August 8th, 2017 - 70 comments
Categories: election 2017, greens, Metiria Turei - Tags: ,

Matthew Whitehead cross-posted from lemattjuste.wordpress.com


Wow, what is up with this election, right?

David Clendon and Kennedy Graham last night attempted to force Metiria Turei’s resignation as female co-leader of the Green Party by saying they would quit if she didn’t, and their bluff has been called. James Shaw has since addressed the issue, and confirmed that he will be seeking to have them both removed from the Green Caucus, (for actions bringing the party into disrepute- as I have said elsewhere, Green MPs aren’t supposed to engineer leadership spills, and the party actually takes good behaviour rather seriously) although he will most likely not seek to remove them as MPs and replace them given how little time is left in this sitting of Parliament.

What this means in practice is that they will be removed from the Green Party List for the coming election, likely confirming Hayley Holt and Teal Crossen1 as MPs if the party holds ground on its average performance in polls, and possibly even Teanu Tuiono and Leilani Tamu as well, if it achieves its maximum bound to date. These are all excellent candidates who deserved to be further up the list, so in terms of political impact, it would be like Clare Curran doing the same thing in the Labour Party2. Teall can easily fill Kennedy Graham’s shoes in the Green caucus, so all they need to do is get sixteen seats (2 more) to make sure they’ve got someone with comparable mana to speak on climate issues and negotiations. I see this as the most likely interna cause of movement in upcoming polling of Green Party support, (continued coverage of Metiria may cause movement, but if anything it’s likely to increase support to the Greens, and a resurgence of Labour support may tempt some soft Greens support away in the polls) but I don’t know if we’ll actually see any dips because of this.

To clarify what’s going on here a little now that things are clearer, their objection was apparently related to Turei’s having been signed up in the wrong electorate and her refusal to resign after a weeks-long media beat up that has refused to dent Party support, not simply to her admission about her actions while on a benefit, as they were part of the decision to tell that story publicly, and that decision was made with consensus within the Green caucus. (ie. everyone agreed to support the decision) How one reconciles that initial decision with creating a perception of instability for the Greens with this late resignation is something I personally find baffling, but apparently they think there is some world in which that makes sense, and they are taking a principled stand by saying it’s wrong to withold information from the government, even though Metiria has very publicly admitted the very same thing to the media several times.

This strikes me as a rather good example of making a mountain out of a molehill. These were actions that, while technically a crime and rather stupid, came before she became an MP, and that two successive Prime Ministers haven’t been punished for performing because it’s the long-standing policy of the Electoral commission that you live where you bloody well say you do, so long as you can answer mail there. Nobody was actually taking seriously the possibility of dissension within Caucus until these two went to the media, and it doesn’t seem like they had actually made the leadership team adequately aware of their concerns, as nobody seems to have been aware that they weren’t fully onside.

These are people who served our country well as MPs to date, both performing well above average, but if they can’t stand by someone whose personal story has finally given us a real and honest conversation about poverty and the welfare system in New Zealand, then they needed to go, especially if they can’t respect the way that things are done within the Green Party, and can’t have an open and honest conversation about their problems. Metiria won’t resign unless she believes that she’s done her dash, Greens don’t do leadership coups or engineering resignations, and it’s appropriate for both men to not only stand down from the campaign, but be ejected from Caucus and even to potentially be kicked out of the party altogether given their breach of normal process.

1 The new Green Party list will likely be as follows, sticking to the top 20, as no poll thus far has suggested the Greens will break that particular milestone just yet. Note that at least 15 MPs are likely if the Greens hold ground, and as many as 18 are possible if the party achieves its highest results from current polling.

  1. Metiria Turei (Te Tai Tonga)
  2. James Shaw (Wellington Central)
  3. ​Marama Davidson (Tamaki Makaurau)
  4. Julie Anne Genter (Mt Albert)
  5. ​Eugenie Sage (Port Hills)
  6. Gareth Hughes (East Coast)
  7. Jan Logie (Mana)
  8. Chlöe Swarbrick (Maungakiekie)
  9. Golriz Ghahraman (Te Atatu)
  10. Mojo Mathers (Rangitata)
  11. Barry Coates (Epsom)
  12. Jack McDonald (Te Tai Hauauru)
  13. John Hart (Wairarapa)
  14. Denise Roche (Auckland Central)
  15. Hayley Holt (Helensville)
  16. Teall Crossen (Rongotai)
  17. Teanau Tuiono (Manurewa)
  18. Leilani Tamu (New Lynn)
  19. Matt Lawrey (Nelson)
  20. Chris Perley (Tukituki)

David vacates 16th position and the Northland electorate campaign while Kennedy vacates 8th and the North Shore campaign. I’ve also provided links to candidate pages for those people who have been bumped up two ranks by these resignations. If you’d like more info about the new top 14, or about people beyond rank 20, you can see the official page on the 2017 Green Party List.

2 Well, at least in the case of David Clendon, who has no significant public profile. Actually it’s a little unfair of a comparison even then, because Clendon is obviously more competent than Curran. Kennedy Graham was, essentially, the solid backbencher that gets down and does a lot of good work and has valuable expertise in a party that is currently over-stuffed full of front-bench level talent. He would have been a valuable MP if he could have acted with more honour, but given he pulled this stunt, he’s not worth having in the caucus.

70 comments on “Le Matte Juste: More resignations! ”

  1. Dorothy 1

    It was Metiria who pulled the stunt. so —–
    Please stand down from the leadership of the Green Party
    for the good of the Green Party.

    • weka 1.1

      She’s getting massive amounts of support from the party, members, GP supporters and voters.

      • dukeofurl 1.1.1

        Ever heard of the echo chamber ?

        She had 100% support from her caucus too until they were asked.

        • weka 1.1.1.1

          That doesn’t make sense.

        • weka 1.1.1.2

          If paying more attention to your support base than people who don’t vote for you is an echo chamber, sure. I still don’t get why people who don’t vote Green think they’re entitled to tell the Greens what to do.

          • Matthew Whitehead 1.1.1.2.1

            Well, they will be entitled to a bit more input than usual if the Greens become part of the government, (as unlike the opposition, the government is theoretically accountable to the people) but yes, it is a bit bizarre.

            It would be like me saying that National should sack Bennett, Collins, Smith, and Brownlee because they’re all incredibly unpopular nationally when you consider people who aren’t National supporters. That’s not how politics or government works.

          • Venezia 1.1.1.2.2

            Weka..+1

          • Johan 1.1.1.2.3

            How many so called Green supporters will phone or text in, saying that they will withdraw their support from this political party?
            First, let them give their name and make known their affiliation, no doubt these agitators are all right wing supporters.

          • Cynical jester 1.1.1.2.4

            +1000

    • Again, you seem to have missed the point that before Metiria Turei’s speech at the Green AGM, she actually put this issue to the entire Green Caucus, (as they do with most political strategy) and there was a consensus that her political strategy was sound and that people were comfortable with her making that admission so long as they were allowed to say that they think welfare fraud is wrong. (which even Turei herself has admitted)

      Which is to say that both Kennedy and David backed her initial admission of lying to WINZ. If your problem was the initial admission, then you’re essentially disagreeing with the entire Green Party, not just Turei, because whoever replaced her would be just as keen on the same policies to address poverty, and would be just as likely to refuse to condemn what Turei did, and all 11 other caucus members are behind her, as is literally every Green member I know.

    • esoteric pineapples 1.3

      Please stay for the good of the party

    • Aaron 1.4

      I see the Narional Party Social Media Team is on a quick-response setting for this issue. You can judge their success by how much of the comments section is taken up with responses to their baiting

  2. Brutus Iscariot 2

    Before the race baiting comes out, i’d like to point out that Clendon is actually Maori.

    These are guys that have served the environmental and pacificist movements for decades, it seems ungrateful to see a bunch of millenials go feral on them.

    • A worthwhile point to make. I saw some people decrying this as two white men attacking Metiria, which is a little ignorant, but I don’t entirely blame people because virtually nobody knows anything about Clendon. It’s two old men attacking Metiria though, so not entirely off the mark I suppose.

      Also, for someone who’s talking out against race-baiting and honouring people’s mana, you’re painting millennials with an awfully large brush. I’m a millenial, and I hope my take didn’t seem particularly feral. The only person I’ve actually seen step rhetorically out of line was one of the young-greens co-convenors, who probably shouldn’t have told them both to “f— off,” but I can absolutely sympathise (and even agree with) the depth of feeling there. My initial reaction was similar, I simply phrased it with a more mild “I hope the door doesn’t hit them on the way out.”

      • McFlock 2.1.1

        I’m sure that the two conservative-greens were as offended by the bad language as they were by someone putting down the wrong electoral address so they could vote for McGillicuddy Serious, lol

      • Keepcalmcarryon 2.1.2

        It’s been eye opening seeing what some regular posters really think when they are upset. Painting this as some sort of male failing just makes (those) green supporters look out of touch with reality and adds to the greens current poor public showing.
        Rapid descent in to identity politics is bad form.
        My opinion of Metiria has fallen over this, although James Shaw has fronted well.
        I’m not a regular green voter and certainly won’t be any time soon despite liking many of their policies.
        It’s the greens business whether or not to keep Metiria as co leader, just as it’s their business whether they more interested in listening to the sound of their own voices than what voters think.
        Hope it plays out for them, don’t think they are on a winner.

        • Well, I think it was more coming from a place where people were feeling like saying “look, two old men are not likely to be particularly in touch with the realities of being a single mother, so they should be a lot more careful before the criticise.”

          Twitter in particular, where a lot of this discussion was had, tends to get a bit feral because it’s hard to express nuance and depth of feeling within that character limit unless you thread together responses.

          We’ll see how the latest stuff plays out, but unless there’s a dramatic crash in support or a continued increase, it will be hard to tease out “people leaving the Greens because of the resignations of Clendon and Graham” vs “people leaving the Greens because of Ardern’s new Labour Party.”

      • RedLogix 2.1.3

        It’s two old men attacking Metiria though, so not entirely off the mark I suppose.

        As are Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn.

        These casual, thoughtless ageist cracks that are being scattered around quite a bit lately, aren’t usually worth making a fuss about, but they’re unhelpful and irksome all the same.

        Besides once you’ve defined your elders as your enemies, you’re betting on the expectation you never grow to their age yourself.

        • Planet Earth 2.1.3.1

          Well put!

        • Come on, do you really think it’s unfair to say that two men who grew up in a time before single mothers became a demographic might find it hard to understand what it’s like for a single mother on the benefit, and to correctly work out the moral calculus of Metiria’s situation?

          I’m not intending to define the older generation as categorically my enemy nor making ageist remarks. (I’m sure you’ll remember from my earlier comments on TS that in fact I am right behind both Corbyn and Sanders, especially against allegations that Sanders is in any way a sexist) What I was trying to get at is that it’s not unreasonable to see Kennedy and David within the framing of men of an older generation who don’t understand what life is like for single-parent families, a criticism that is not entirely unreasonable. (It may be unfounded on closer evaluation, but this criticism was largely coming from people whose association with the Green Party was pretty casual at best, so I wouldn’t have expected them to look into things that closely)

          • Rob 2.1.3.2.1

            Well, I am a middle aged married white male who has some thoughts on Metiria, now watch me as I shut my fucking face.

            • In Vino 2.1.3.2.1.1

              Sorry, I missed it. Can you do it again, please?
              I am 70.
              I am disgusted at the faux moralising by rednecks howling for Turei’s crucifixion.

          • RedLogix 2.1.3.2.2

            Come on, do you really think it’s unfair to say that two men who grew up in a time before single mothers became a demographic might find it hard to understand what it’s like for a single mother on the benefit, and to correctly work out the moral calculus of Metiria’s situation?

            My own father who is the other side of 90 correctly works it out. There is nothing especially ‘new’ about single/un-wed mothers.

            • Matthew Whitehead 2.1.3.2.2.1

              I agree that’s how it should be viewed, but among the good guys who don’t lean on their age as an excuse there are of course occassional dinosaurs and I can understand why people drew that conclusion based purely on “optics.” It’s not necessary right (in fact, I suspect in Graham’s case it was actually more about some very distinct moral reasoning that he shares with his more right-wing family members that immoral acts don’t have moral contexts and are simply inherently wrong or right, with no utilitarian calculus to be performed, and that MPs have to be “above that” sort of thing and very clear in advocating that type of morality. Which I view as a little bit holier-than-thou, but could have easily respected if he had gone through the normal Party processes to express his concern rather than rushing straight to the media)

    • greywarshark 2.2

      The point is that now that it is time to actually care about people close up and personal, they reveal their main preoccupation is the environment – the trees and not the huggers – and apparently pacificism which is to reduce war which is a way of devastating the environment and the people.

      The problem is that they had little empathy with a woman’s struggle to get training and a job that she could do lifelong and which would support her, is at the nub of this matter. For Maori the call is He tangata, he tangata, he tangata and for the environmentalist it is to care for and nurture all of the earth and its creatures, including human unmarried mothers.

  3. 44 south 3

    May I suggest that everyone who is so supportive of this woman and her criticism of the current social welfare system, read the latest post by James Kunstler at Klusterfuck Nation.
    The last three sentences will do if your pressed for time.
    The future you’re all hoping for,is not the one that’s coming.
    It’s time to WAKE UP!

    • McFlock 3.1

      Dude, you couldn’t even paste three sentences?

    • I’ll save you all time- don’t read that post, it’s economically illiterate, (doesn’t understand how national debt works) bunker-mentality, (literally- he at one point says not to live in cities, you’ll be in trouble “when civilization collapses”) and that “last three sentences” bit is referring directly to some dogwhistled bene-bashing.

      If you do hate yourself though, feel free to visit http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/just-wait-little/ and gouge out your eyeballs all you want.

      edit: or, for those who just want the “critical three sentences”:

      Keep in mind that being in this world actually entitles you to nothing. One way or another, you’ll have to earn everything worth having, including self-respect and your next meal.

      Now, just wait a little while.

      That blog is a very unkind thing to inflict upon people just because you disagree with their choice of political leader. 😉

      • McFlock 3.2.1

        lols

        So on top of everything else, we’re all dooooooommmeedd!!!!! 🙂

      • Psycho Milt 3.2.2

        My God, he’s right! All these “useless eaters,” these “lives unworthy of life” who aren’t out there earning their next meal – something must be done about it!

      • adam 3.2.3

        My question always is the same to people who rant on about the world owes you nothing. Then why do you not fight harder to remove inheritance? Que – I make no sense – 123…

        • You mean cue people saying you make no sense? I’m pretty sure you’re conflating “cue,” which as a noun means “a prompt or excitation to action” with “queue,” which means “a line formed for the purpose of waiting.” Naturally they both come in both noun and verb forms, and mixing the spellings of both together.

          But yes, it’s quite frankly astounding that people who claim to support equality of opportunity and want to remove entitlements are also strangely reluctant to take a hard line on making inherited wealth illegal. If you believe in equality of opportunity, any inherited wealth at all is a problem.

          • McFlock 3.2.3.1.1

            looks more like Fawlty towers/mcSpañol to me…

            • Matthew Whitehead 3.2.3.1.1.1

              Yeah it did look a little like spanglish at first, but think about it, “queue” and “cue” are homophones, so like “wouldn’t’ve” and “wouldn’t of,” (which are near-homophones) they’ll end up being confused. So it was likely an attempt to write “cue” that ended up confusing it with “queue” compounded by not realising how ridiculously we spell the word “queue” in the English language when actually it should be something more like “kyu.”

              • In Vino

                I would just add that ‘wouldn’t of’ is a barbarism and solecism that should be exterminated. Bring back the Grammar Daleks!

  4. The Lone Haranguer 4

    It seems that the whole caucus was happy with the original strategy to “fess up” to get mileage around the poverty trap.

    My reading of things (possibly wrong) is that the latter stuff that appeared in the paper around the electoral voting and mum being in the house (not sure why the latter was bad tho) may not have been discussed, and its that information which tipped the two MPs over.

    I understand why the GP supporters are unhappy with the two men, but Im pretty disappointed to see that the GP membership/supporters/MPs are as feral as all the other parties.

    I guess they were just better at hiding their disagreements

    • weka 4.1

      I’ve seen a few comments go hard against the two MPs but I’ve also seen more comments telling people to not be mean. Haven’t been on FB though. So not really sure what you mean. People will have opinions to express, that’s not a problem in an election.

      • Dennis Frank 4.1.1

        I didn’t see the post-caucus press conference, but a commentator on RNZ an hour ago shared impressions. Apparently the caucus decided not to expel them from the party, or even from caucus. The framing was that they agreed to withdraw from caucus till the election. The female co-convenor who was publicly derogatory to the two guys was made to apologise. Seems like all the players had cooled down sufficiently to try & patch up a compromise, and if it holds, that will be an outcome that limits the damage to the public standing of the GP.

      • billmurray 4.1.2

        weka 1.39pm
        I have never made a adverse comment about Metiras admitted benefit fraud, but the msm including tv and radio have ( readers, viewers and listeners ).
        Imo the forthcoming polls will down her as they did to Andrew.
        In the mean time I believe her continued refusal to step down shows a arrogance ( it is not bravery ) which will cause serious damage to the Greens and the left block.
        We all have to wait and see, but by then her resignation could be to late to save the day.

        • Anne 4.1.2.1

          Yes, billy-boy we know your views. 🙄

          • billmurray 4.1.2.1.1

            Anne 3.41pm.
            A Pound to a shilling they will become a fact.
            Don’t not how to do the smiley face.
            All the best.

            • Matthew Whitehead 4.1.2.1.1.1

              They won’t, as Turei just said today in response to a hypothetical 8% polling and whether she would resign then that she is definitely not resigning before the election.

              • weka

                It’s really interesting to watch, the Greens just sticking to their kaupapa and Turei refusing to resign just because some media numpties think the received wisdom is it’s time for her to stand down.

                Even after all this time they still don’t get it that the Greens do politics differently 😆

            • Stuart Munro 4.1.2.1.1.2

              Meteria has guts. She’ll still be there when you’re not even a bad memory.

          • reason 4.1.2.1.2

            Yes Anne,…. we are not getting hundreds or even dozens of posters calling for Metirias resignation ….

            Just Bill Murray the ugly face of Labour ….. posting obsessivly and trying to do the job of dozens ……. hunting with the trolls

            And creating an impression only of himself…..

            Has Bill M ever called for Bill english to resign over his falsifications and scamming $32,000 in accomdiation allowances ?….

            After all Englis and his “Greed” crime is much worse than a solo parents and their ‘need’ crime.

            • Anne 4.1.2.1.2.1

              Billy’s not Labour reason. I think he has claimed here in the past that he is… he isn’t. If he ever was Labour I’m picking his intolerant, reactionary attitude caused him to be isolated to the point where he had no choice but to leave.

              • reason

                My bad Anne ….. I formed the wrong impression when he was proclaiming the inside word for Labours ‘head office’ … in one of his posts.

                I sometimes mix up the unpleasant types/trolls … Bill reminded me of some other Labour bad apples I once disagreed with in a ‘Hone’ thread …. regarding the co-operation … at the last election ….. between National, Labour, Simon Lusk, Act, Nz first etc…… to get Hone out of parliament.

                Last election Labour levereged another attack on a social justice politician…. it was probably national voters that got Kelvin Davis elected.

                Feed the kids ??? nah …. lets all get Hone….

                This feels the same to me …… and its notable this elections .. the target is the only party that did not join in the politcal mugging and underhand games used against Hone.

    • You can’t help what your supporters do, you can only tell them to be better and show them the way. If you want to see what Greens behave like, look at the caucus and look at Party members. There were one or two party members that could have expressed themselves more cleanly, but I didn’t see anyone I actually knew was a party member getting anything near “feral.”

      The only one I objected to was the comment by the Young Greens co-convener, really, which now that I’ve reviewed it in context is actually much more mild than I had remembered it- “fuck kennedy and david tbh ;)” is basically just an irreverant way of saying “I don’t care about Kennedy and David.” (Seriously, have a look at people saying “fuck X tbh” on twitter. They’re mostly saying “I don’t have time for X” when viewed in context) I had thought it contained “fuck off,” which is very different from “fuck X tbh.”

  5. The Lone Haranguer 5

    I dont do FB for politics so cant comment on that.

    But on the “two greens Go” section here (now complete with 396 comments) I thought the general tone was pretty feral.

    It was the invective/savage response that stood out to me.

    Kennedy Graham has always struck me as a very considered sort of person and he most certainly expressed his opinion (which you say isnt a problem in an election) and he got an internet bashing of bigly proportions.

    • OncewasTim 5.1

      Which is tantamount to saying thoroughly nice people are incapable of behaving like total pratts.
      You know (for e.g.) Chris Finlayson is normally a thoroughly nice person. It’s just that when surrounded by self-entitled holier-than-thou gentry, it rubs off with an accelerant applied.

    • weka 5.2

      Ok, we’re using the word feral differently. In that thread I saw a relative consistency across commenters that what the 2 MPs had done was wrong. I hope you’re not suggesting they are above criticism.

      Graham’s problem isn’t that he expressed an opinion, and if think that’s what people are angry about then you’ve not been paying attention.

      • Indeed. The problem is that they went straight to the media rather than working things out with the caucus, that they tried to engineering a leadership coup, (this is literally the first time that has ever happened, the only appropriate time for a challenge is at the party AGM, and even then, nobody’s ever done it before, they’ve always waited for resignations because the party culture has been that it’s more important to be collaborative than to advance personally) and that they did both of these things, which are outside of normal behaviour within the party, in the middle of an election campaign and at a time when we have just had another party in this pre-election coalition have its own leadership change, and in a time when the media has been spinning full-tilt to try and discredit the debate the party is trying to have about poverty, effectively transitioning the story back to being about whether Metiria is a viable leader rather than what really matters: how people are doing in New Zealand.

        IMO they are quite lucky that Shaw has relaxed a bit since yesterday and is willing to set aside whether to expel them from the party rolls altogether. It would absolutely have been reasonable to exile them for a while and let them apply again later if they want back in.

    • popexplosion 5.3

      Please. Nobody resigned. Leaving caucus ain’t resigning. Noise in politics is essential to keeping attention and communicate yourself to voters. MT did nothing more than Key did in not living in the constituency, nothing more than English did paying back double Dipton, nothing more than any taxpayer does that claims family credits but does not declare their student son paying cash towards up keep, cash in hand jobs, mates crashing on the couch and buying a round, facts are than criminalising a benefitary when middle class rorts abound is the greater crime. Two hundred dollars a week should not mean winz rule them removing all means to make a extra buck in native capitalism. why do the Nats hate entrepuerism. and then winz does not have the capacity to enforce every social economic transgression. where fraud does happen and should be decried is when it’s so explicit, so enriching, that any reasonable person would say it’s a crime. making ends meet does not qualify.

      • Clendon and Graham did resign, from the 2017 Green campaign, and if it wasn’t so close to the election, they would have had to choose between resigning from Parliament or being kicked out by the Greens. Instead they “just” get kicked from Caucus so as not to make unnecessary paperwork.

        • popexplosion 5.3.1.1

          Or. Nats were not biting so Greens have an internal stoush to keep the issue live. That using welfare to abuse poor people is wrong, costly, self serving.

        • Dennis Frank 5.3.1.2

          Read the nuances. It was an exercising in peacemaking. Did they get kicked from caucus? Not according to RNZ news. It was framed as their choice. The spectre of expulsion vanished overnight. The caucus met to consider suspension, but that didn’t happen either. Anyone asserting their subjective take on events as fact is performing spin, not being factual.

          Seems to me all agreed to a resolution because they knew the split was historic, had started visualising how history would record it, and then realised it was in their common interests to reframe our perceptions pronto.

  6. Meh , all these shenanigans.

    Lets just get the Greens and Labour in power and give Metiria Turei a Damehood for services to the New Zealand public . For those without a voice, for those who are marginalized , for those who are poor and those who are chronically ill.

    And be done with it.

    Oh . And rescind John Keys knighthood.

    And no more of this palaver.

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  7. Psych nurse 7

    Having watched the news its obvious this is all about getting at labour not the Greens.

  8. Roy 8

    This is a similar level of hate-mania levelled at Corbyn, and look what happened there. And in NZ the balance of power is much closer.

    Keep the convo on Met standing up for the poorest, even Hooton tried to spin it as ‘no one cares what she did, it’s about what she’s doing’.

    “He policy, he policy, he policy” as the saying goes*.

    *not really, but may as well

  9. Dennis Frank 9

    Matthew wrote yesterday “The problem is that they went straight to the media rather than working things out with the caucus, that they tried to engineering a leadership coup” but I haven’t seen any evidence that this is true.

    I saw Kennedy Graham explaining that he had been expressing his disapproval of her stand to the other Green MPs ever since she announced it at the party conference. Looks like they were blind-sided. Incredible that she didn’t bother to obtain caucus consensus prior to her public disclosure.

    Gower told TV3 viewers this morning that there’s a poll being released on tonight’s 3News but it probably isn’t recent enough to establish the extent of damage caused to the GP by her bad decision-making.

    • Anne 9.1

      …there’s a poll being released on tonight’s 3News but it probably isn’t recent enough to establish the extent of damage caused to the GP by her bad decision-making.

      I don’t know Dennis Frank. I received a call from Reid Research last night around 6pm.
      The caller was carrying out a survey on behalf of Newshub. They were only interested in talking to people between the ages of 35 and 44yrs. I failed the age test by three decades. 🙁

      Strike a blow to the Greens while the iron is hot eh?

      • Dennis Frank 9.1.1

        I suspect that means they already had enough respondents in other age brackets Anne, and were just having to complete their research in that particular bracket when they called you.

        I’ll be voting Green for the 10th election in a row regardless of the shambles, but that won’t stop me informing folks online about what they’re doing wrong. I just listened to Guyon Espiner talking to James Shaw yesterday morning on the RNZ site and James confirmed that they had been working through the lack of consensus in caucus for the prior couple of weeks. That testimony proves Matthew wrong.

        He said he thought consensus had been achieved but things changed over the weekend and the two guys broke the 48 hour notification rule when they went public with their stand. If so, they are in the wrong in that respect. However, James wasn’t able to articulate a specific caucus decision that established consensus. His subjective impression that they’d reached consensus doesn’t suffice. Nobody can operate democratic decision-making processes on the basis of subjective impressions, and James would probably concede that. Looks very much like a process failure to me.

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    New Zealand has imposed travel bans on selected individuals associated with the Lukashenko regime, following ongoing concerns about election fraud and human rights abuses after the 2020 Belarus elections, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced. The ban covers more than fifty individuals, including the President and key members of ...
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  • NZ economy grows driven by households, construction and business investment
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery have been reflected in the robust rebound of GDP figures released today which show the economy remains resilient despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant Robertson said. GDP increased 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2021. The Treasury had ...
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  • Milestone 250th tower continues to improve rural connectivity
    The Government has welcomed the completion of the 250th 4G mobile tower, as part of its push for better rural connectivity. Waikato’s Wiltsdown, which is roughly 80 kilometres south of Hamilton, is home to the new tower, deployed by the Rural Connectivity Group to enable improved service to 70 homes ...
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  • Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria to lift on Tuesday
    Following a further public health assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria has been extended to 11.59pm on Tuesday 22 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand continues ...
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  • Prime Minister mourns passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is mourning the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall, New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner and lifelong champion for children and children’s health. As a paediatrician Sir Ian contributed to a major world-first cot death study that has been directly credited with reducing cot deaths in New ...
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  • APEC structural reform meeting a success
    APEC ministers have agreed working together will be crucial to ensure economies recover from the impact of COVID-19. Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark, chaired the virtual APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting today which revolved around the overarching theme of promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth ...
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  • Digital hub to boost investment in forestry
    A new website has been launched at Fieldays to support the forestry sector find the information it needs to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, ...
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  • Government continues support for rangatahi to get into employment, education and training
    Over 230 rangatahi are set to benefit from further funding through four new He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re continuing to secure our economic recovery from COVID by investing in opportunities for rangatahi to get into meaningful employment, education or training ...
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  • NCEA subjects up for consultation
    The education sector, students, their parents, whānau and communities are invited to share their thoughts on a list of proposed NCEA subjects released today, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. This is a significant part of the Government’s NCEA Change Programme that commenced in 2020 and will be largely implemented by ...
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  • Major investment in plantain forage programme aims to improve freshwater quality
    The Government is backing a major programme investigating plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality, Acting Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced at Fieldays today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFFF) fund is contributing $8.98 million to the $22.23 million seven-year programme, which aims to deliver ...
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  • America’s Cup decision
    The Minister responsible for the America’s Cup has confirmed the joint Crown-Auckland Council offer to host the next regatta has been declined by the Board of Team New Zealand. “The exclusive period of negotiation between the Crown, Auckland Council, and Team New Zealand ends tomorrow, 17 June,” said Stuart Nash. ...
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  • Food and fibres sector making significant strides towards New Zealand’s economic recovery
    The Government is backing the food and fibres sector to lead New Zealand's economic recovery from COVID-19 with targeted investments as part of its Fit for a Better World roadmap, Forestry Minister Stuart Nash said. “To drive New Zealand’s recovery, we launched the Fit for a Better World – Accelerating ...
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  • Cost of Government Southern Response proactive package released
    The Government has announced the proactive package for some Southern Response policyholders could cost $313 million if all those eligible apply. In December, the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, David Clark announced a proactive package for SRES claimants who settled their claims before October 2014. It trailed the judgment ...
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  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
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  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
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  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
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  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
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  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
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  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
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  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
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  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
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    3 days ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
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  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
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  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
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  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
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    5 days ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
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  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
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  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
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    6 days ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
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    6 days ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
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    7 days ago
  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
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    7 days ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
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  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
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  • Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content
    New Zealanders will be better protected from harmful or illegal content as a result of work to design a modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti announced today. New Zealand currently has a content regulatory system that is comprised of six different arrangements covering some ...
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  • Consultation on exemption of new builds from proposed tax rules
    The Government has today confirmed new builds will be exempt from planned changes to the tax treatment of residential investment property.  Public consultation is now open on details of the proposals, which stop interest deductions being claimed for residential investment properties other than new builds.   “The Government’s goal is to ...
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  • Speech for Predator Free 2050 Conference
    Introduction E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa   Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei i raro i te kaupapa o te rā Ko Ayesha Verrall toku ingoa No ...
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  • New stock exchange to help grow small businesses
    A new share trading market, designed as a gateway to the NZX for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been granted a licence by the Government. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said Catalist Markets Ltd will provide a simpler and more affordable ‘stepping stone’ for SMEs to raise capital. “This ...
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  • Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders
    Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to ...
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  • Border class exceptions approved for more farm workers and vets
    The Government has approved border class exceptions for an additional 200 dairy workers and 50 veterinarians to enter New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.  “It is clear from conversations with the dairy and veterinarian sectors that they are facing workforce pressures. These border exceptions will go a long ...
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