Chlöe Swarbrick says she will never become Prime Minister, would rather 'fight' in Greens

Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick says she will "absolutely not" endeavour to become the Prime Minister, instead preferring to "fight" for social justice alongside the Greens.

In an interview with Mai FM on Friday, Swarbrick says she has no aspirations of taking the top job.

"You don't join the Greens because you have your sights on the top of the ladder. I'm here because I want to fight," she said.

She claimed a number of MPs in the bigger parties often stay quiet on Aotearoa's big issues as they focus on advancing their political ambitions. 

"There's a reason they're not talking out about the real challenges - because they're slowly working their way up," she said. 

'That's a really dangerous way of thinking because if you think you have to wait 10 years to have an opinion, you might get 10 years down the track and not remember the opinion you were fighting for."

Recently, Swarbrick has been fighting for the Government to introduce warrants of fitness (WOF) for rental homes. 

The Greens' petition, which has already amassed more than 16,000 signatures at the time of writing, argues a WOF for rentals will allow tenants to hold their landlords to account without a "stressful and expensive fight" through the Tenancy Tribunal, while simultaneously offering protection for landlords with certified properties.