Chlöe Swarbrick's big plans to get first Green Party-led Government elected

Chlöe Swarbrick has officially tossed her hat in the ring to be the next co-leader of the Green Party.

And she has big plans to get the first Green-led Government elected - saying her party is the leading left-wing voice.

"I am stepping up and I am asking everyone across the country to realise their power to do the same," Swarbrick said on Friday. "Because bad things happen when good people stand by - this Government has a cruel agenda.

"Mark my words... we are going to build the biggest Green movement that any of you have ever seen."

Swarbrick's no stranger to political stardom - her rise starting in 2016 when she ran to be Auckland's Mayor at just 22, when she came third.

The Greens snapped her up and, in 2017 at age 23, she made it to Parliament - becoming the youngest MP in more than four decades.

In the 2020 election, she aimed higher - swimming against the red wave to take the Auckland Central. She was the first Green MP to win an electorate without a deal.

And, last year, she retained the seat.

During her six years in Parliament, the self-confessed radical has been under the co-leaders' wings - and now feels ready to fill James Shaw's pragmatic shoes.

Chlöe Swarbrick.
Chlöe Swarbrick. Photo credit: Newshub.

"[What] I really admire about James is he is a consensus builder, he has managed to win concrete change that has survived a change in Government," Swarbrick said. "What I bring to the table is not only that consensus building but also that capacity to mobilise our communities."

She wants to mobilise them to have the first Greens-led Government.

"I strongly believe the Greens are the leading left-wing party in Parliament," she said. "I believe radical change, at this point, is necessary to confront the challenges of our time - tinkering will no longer do that."

In response, Labour leader Chris Hipkins said New Zealand electorate was a broad political spectrum and representation of those different views is important.

Hipkins wished all the best to the Greens about to vote for their new co-leader.