NZ Election 2020: Green Party hints it wants its MPs as ministers

The Green Party has given a strong hint it will go for a seat at the table and ministerial portfolios rather than be unshackled.

The party is on cloud nine after defying the polls and the pundits. It came away with 7.6 percent of the party vote and 10 seats in Parliament - two more than it came away with after the 2017 election.

At the Green Party's headquarters on Saturday night, it had what could've been the loudest supporters in the country.

"We are stoked," Greens co-leader James Shaw said on Saturday.

"You know, honestly, we're having a better night than we dreamed possible, frankly."

Co-leader Marama Davidson said she hopes there are more Green Party ministers.

"I think that would be something we could do," she said.

Shaw said he'd like to see Davidson as a minister.

"I would be quite keen to continue the work I've been doing on climate change," he added.

Marama Davidson and James Shaw.
Marama Davidson and James Shaw. Photo credit: Getty Images

But on Sunday, Davidson walked back on wanting more Green ministers.

"You won't be able to get that out of us at this early stage," she said. "That would come down to the members."

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick defied the odds by winning Auckland Central.

"Really stoked, overwhelmed," she said.

National's Nikki Kaye had won it four times in a row.

"[It's the] first time a general seat has been won by a third party candidate without the support of a major party," Shaw said.

It's given the party hope for more Green electorates next election.

"What we are seeing here is the Greens ready to stand strong in electorates," Davidson said.

On top of Swarbrick's win, the party is claiming a string of firsts.

"Getting above 5 percent after a first term in Government as a smaller party hasn't been done before," Davidson said.

"First Latin American MP… First Māori-Pacific Green MP."

Shaw added the party's list of firsts is "a good warm-up for 2020".