According to Nandor’s statement:
“I had hoped that I might step down soon and allow Co-Leader Russel Norman to take my place before the election, however, that will not be possible.
“In order for Russel to take my place, candidate Catherine Delahunty and former Green MP Mike Ward both would have had to step aside. Catherine was willing to do so, however, Mike was not. After discussing options with my colleagues I decided it would be better for me to stay.”
Nandor’s decision is the right one – Mike Ward is an absolute waste of space, and given the Greens gave him an initial list ranking of 29 I imagine they’re more than aware of that.
It’s just disappointing to see Ward putting his own selfish interests ahead of the party’s.
(As an aside, Nandor is speaking at the launch of Drinking Liberally in Wellington tonight, 6pm at the Southern Cross. Should be interesting for those who can make it.)