Green MP Metiria Turei was elected as the new female co-leader of the New Zealand Green Party yesterday at the party’s convention. Long time party co-leader Jeannette Fitzsimons stepped down garnering praise and recognition from across the political spectrum for her principled leadership. Party rules call for gender equality as one co-leader must be a woman and one must be a man.
Metiria Turei says there will be no radical changes to the Green Party under her watch.
She has been elected to replace Jeanette Fitzsimons as the female leader at the party conference being held in Dunedin this weekend. Ms Fitzsimons is moving to the backbench after leading the party for 14 years, saying she hopes to spend more time with her family. Male co-leader Russel Norman says he is thrilled Metiria Turei has been elected to the top job.
Ms Turei says it is a new face and new energy, but with the same cause and values. She pipped Sue Bradford for the top job, who says she will continue working as an MP for the party.
Ms Turei says the party will continue to build on the success it has already had with the Government, and they will continue to build on their successful memorandum of understanding with the Government.
The Greens are reveling in what has been a great week for them. In Thursday’s Budget it was revealed that they successfully hammered out a home insulation deal with National. Ms Turei says the home insulation package they have negotiated is better than the deal struck with Labour while it was in power.