Jenna Lynch analysis: Chlöe Swarbrick presents unique chance for Green Party as Labour's Chris Hipkins risks political irrelevancy

ANALYSIS: Newshub is hearing we'll learn on Thursday morning whether Chlöe Swarbrick will throw herself in the ring for the Green Party co-leader role.   

If she did so, it's understood she's unlikely to face a challenger within the caucus. But it's not that simple, as the Greens rules still require a weeks-long process in which her anointment could be derailed by the membership.   

But if there were ever a time for the Greens to coalesce around a candidate, this is it. Swarbrick presents a unique opportunity to the Greens. She's a star, she can communicate and the current political climate is ripe for her.   

Labour leader Chris Hipkins has begun the year with more of a hiss and a sigh than a roar. His summer of 'Chippie on a bikkie' may have given him a well-needed rest but he's hardly returned seeming refreshed. 

Hipkins is talking but no one is listening, meaning he risks the ultimate in political crises: irrelevance - leaving the Opposition yearning for a fresh voice.    

In the past, both former Greens co-leader Russell Norman and ACT's David Seymour found themselves in a kind of de facto Opposition leader role while the major parties, on their respective sides of the aisle, were tearing themselves to shreds.   

While Labour isn't showing any signs of that yet, with Hipkins failing to command attention, Swarbrick has a similar opportunity to shine - should she choose to embrace it.   

Jenna Lynch is Newshub's Political Editor.