Green Party faces division over generational change

The Green Party has attracted some high-profile young MPs this election year, and that’s causing some division over generational change. 

It's currently deciding the rank of its candidates and it’s more cut throat than the party's letting on, with a powerful new crop sprouting through. 

Human rights lawyer Golriz Ghahraman would be New Zealand's first ever refugee MP. She says she would like to be "as high as possible" on the list. 

She's up against Auckland mayoral candidate Chloe Swarbrick who’s playing the modesty card, saying she’s "not concerned whatsoever about anything to do with list ranking". 

Then there’s the multi-talented dancer/snowboarder/broadcaster Hayley Holt, who says if she could get into Parliament, "I could actually make a difference". 

Kauri-tree saving Michael Tavares also wants a shot on the list. 

But there's a problem. 

Of the Greens' 14 MPs, just two are leaving - so if the party gets the same percentage of the vote again there's only room for two new faces. 

Green party co-leader James Shaw says the reality is they won’t get "everybody in" – "no matter how much we’d like to". 

That means some of its current MPs could be shown the door.  

The final rankings are still months from being finalised, but there’s no doubt that the Green Party is at a cross roads. 

Hearts will be broken.

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