NZ Election 2020: Greens make pitch for Government without New Zealand First

The Greens have made their pitch to form a coalition Government, but it's missing one current partner - New Zealand First.

The party's leaders seem keen to shed the handbrake, which they say has held them back for the past three years.

The Greens kicked off their campaign video with a nod to the future.

"Think ahead, we take action now," says co-leader Marama Davidson in the video.

"If we choose to act boldly now, we can create a better future for everyone," says James Shaw.

The party has released a 52-page document of policies to take into coalition negotiations, including 10 days of sick leave, five weeks of annual leave, lowering the voting age to 16 and making electric cars cheaper.

"This document, 'Think Ahead, Act Now', will form the basis of our negotiations as we seek to form a new government after the election with the Labour Party," Shaw said on Saturday.

The Labour Party, not New Zealand First.

Asked what's wrong with New Zealand First, Shaw said: "I think I've probably said enough about that over the course of the last few days."

That includes on Newshub Nation on Saturday morning.

"It's not been comfortable at times. They have been a chaotic and disorganised partner in Government sometimes," Shaw said.

Then doubling down. 

"I'd say they have been more of a millstone than a handbrake."

A millstone is certainly how the party faithful see New Zealand First.

"It's not woke politics," said one person.

"I would love to see them out of Parliament," said another.

"[I] don't really think we are going to get a Greens majority, so I think a Labour-Greens partnership would be pretty great," added a third.

The base is acutely aware of legislation New Zealand First has taken credit for scuppering.  Some -  including the clean car discount - make it into the Greens' coalition wish-list.

Asked why that has been put into writing, Shaw said: "It is to make sure that people know that we will get it done."

Putting it in writing early, clearly recognising just how crucial that coalition agreement is.