News | Politics
19 Jan 2018 4:48
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Days of Xmas
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Politics

    Greens in crisis as Labour rockets in poll

    The Greens are in disarray with the resignation of co-leader Metiria Turei just as a new opinion poll shows Labour, its partner party, surging up the ratings.


    Metiria Turei has resigned as co-leader of the Greens, dealing her party another blow just as an opinion poll shows Labour surging up the ratings.

    The Greens were trying to get their election campaign back on track after two senior MPs, Kennedy Graham and David Clendon, on Tuesday withdrew from the caucus.

    They wanted Ms Turei to stand down because of her admission that she committed benefit fraud in the 1990s, but she insisted on staying.

    All that changed around 5pm on Wednesday when Ms Turei and the party's other co-leader, James Shaw, called a media conference.

    "I knew that by telling my personal story, it would help people hear and understand the reality of poverty," Ms Turei said.

    "And that has happened - thousands of people have contacted the Green Party with their stories, and many have come forward to tell these in the media as well.

    "I also knew that it would open the way for people to criticise me - and I knew the risks of that - but the intensity of those attacks has become too much for my family, and they are now getting in the way of our ability to communicate our solutions - not just for poverty, but for water, climate change and the environment."

    The poll showed the Greens taking a hammering - down 4.7 points to 8.3 per cent - but Ms Turei said it wasn't a factor in her decision to stand down.

    It also showed Labour up a stunning nine points to 33.1 per cent and the party's new leader Jacinda Ardern, snapping at Bill English's heels as preferred prime minister.

    She was on 26.3 per cent compared with Mr English's 27.7.

    NZ First was down in the poll, losing 3.8 points to be on 8.3 per cent - another casualty of Labour's big surge.

    Mr Shaw will lead the Greens into the election as its only leader, with a new co-leader chosen post-election.

    Dr Graham and Mr Clendon won't be returning to caucus.

    Ms Turei has been on a downward track since making her admission, which she says she did to highlight the plight of beneficiaries.

    While gaining some sympathy within parliament, she has also been fiercely criticised and last week Labour leader Jacinda Ardern said she wouldn't have Ms Turei in her cabinet if Labour won the election.

    © 2018 NZN, NZCity


     Other Politics News
     18 Jan: 'Concentrated' camps for refugees: Austria's far-right government faces protests over its anti-immigration agenda
     18 Jan: Korea summit 'achieves nothing': NZ lobby
     18 Jan: Govt agency entertainment bill tops $300k
     17 Jan: Tertiary trainer manipulated data: report
     17 Jan: Manus Island security contract dispute leaves asylum seekers feeling 'unsafe'
     16 Jan: Firms' confidence sours on Labour jitters
     16 Jan: Have your say on foreign buyers, budget
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Two changes to NZ Sevens for Sydney event More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    NZ shares mixed, F&P and Air NZ drop More...



     Today's News

    Law and Order:
    Woman convicted of killing friend after police spot murder weapon in Facebook selfie 23:26

    International:
    Senior PNG health official calls for public autopsies to stamp out sorcery attacks 22:46

    Law and Order:
    PNG man accused of padlocking sister-in-law's genitals 22:06

    Soccer:
    Cavalry returns for Adelaide's key clash 21:56

    International:
    Syrian conflict: What it's like to be trapped inside 'hellish' Eastern Ghouta 21:36

    Entertainment:
    Prince's tribute concert will include unreleased material 21:30

    Hockey:
    Black Sticks fight back to beat Japan 21:16

    Accident and Emergency:
    Wanaka fire traced to discarded ashes 21:16

    Entertainment:
    Chris Pratt has returned to social media after a "much needed" hiatus 21:00

    International:
    Endangered red pandas seized from smuggler in Laos, largest rescue recorded 20:36


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd