Green Party relaunches campaign after rocky few weeks

  • 13/08/2017
James Shaw.
James Shaw. Photo credit: File

The Greens say it's time to start talking about the future of New Zealand - not themselves.

It's been a rough few weeks for the party, which saw its polling rise in the wake of former co-leader Metiria Turei's historic fraud admission, but tank after it emerged she'd left out key details.

Green Party leader James Shaw on Sunday relaunched the party's rocky campaign.

"Over the last few weeks we have spent a lot of time talking about ourselves, not the issues that New Zealanders care about. Today we move forward and re-focus on ending poverty, stopping climate change and cleaning up our rivers.

"That is why I entered Parliament - to make a real difference. And that is what the Green Party is all about."

The party has a familiar 'new' slogan too.

"'Love New Zealand'. Some of you will remember we used it in 2014. But we believe in recycling," co-leader James Shaw tweeted.

Mr Shaw also revealed the party's new caucus leadership team. Marama Davidson will pick up poverty, Julie Anne Genter takes on climate change and Eugenie Sage will be spokeswoman for clean rivers.

Over the next six weeks, Mr Shaw said it was his job to remind "voters of the core values and priorities of the Green Party and of the green heart we bring to Government".

"This is a team effort. The Green Party is determined to represent all New Zealanders and we have the talent and experience on our team to do that."