Greens recycle 2014 election slogan

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Leader James Shaw and party hierarchy went into urgent strategy meetings to overhaul a pricey campaign in four days, just six weeks out from the General election.

Mr Shaw said it was the same slogan used by the Greens in 2014.

"I didn't come to Parliament to act like other political parties, but over the past week that's where we've ended up", he said.

Shaw also apologised to voters who may have felt "let down" by the party's in-house turmoil of the past few weeks.

The party has been figuring out a way to steady the ship since co-leader Metiria Turei resigned on Wednesday.

"I want to apologise for that".

But the "Great Greens" video campaign material, that included the backing of Kiwi Hollywood stars like Taika Waititi and Rachel House had no reason to be changed.

"The Green Party is the only party that has drawn a line in the sand on the priority issues of ending poverty, taking action on climate change and cleaning up our rivers".

He announced a new caucus leadership team to take on each of these areas - Marama Davidson (poverty), Julie-Anne Genter (climate change) and Eugenie Sage (clean water).

That meant Auckland firebrand Chloe Swarbrick and Golriz Ghahraman moved up to seven and eight on the party's list respectively - guaranteed positions Parliament so long as the Greens' vote didn't collapse to any less than the eight per cent it was now on.

Mr Shaw has called it his "Turning the Tide" speech.

"We have got the fight of our lives on our hands".

A new female co-leader would not be appointed until the party's AGM next year, with Mr Shaw leading the party alone until then.

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