Russel Norman is doing an outstanding job as our Co-leader. The Green Party executive is extremely happy with his performance and we fully support his leadership.
The Green Party National Executive has accepted a two month old recommendation that David Hay not enter the party’s candidate pool for the 2014 general election.
The Party can now confirm that significant concerns about David Hay’s suitability as a candidate pre-date his announcement this week that he plans to stand for Co-leader of the party.
The party’s candidate selection committee recommended in early October that David Hay’s application to be a Green Party candidate be declined. That recommendation was based on interviews with David in August and September. The National Executive has upheld that recommendation today.
“The Green Party is committed to standing the best candidates we can for the 2014 general election. David Hay won’t be one of them,” said Green Party Co-convenor Georgina Morrison.
“Every political party has the right to determine the best candidates to put forward to voters. Today’s decision is really as simple as ensuring the Green Party is putting forward great candidates.
“Concerns about David’s effectiveness as a candidate were raised after the 2008 election and both during and after the 2011 election.
“We feel we have given David many chances to prove himself as someone committed to growing our party vote, and we believe he has been given a fair and proper hearing.
“The Green Party is focused on offering voters great policies to build a smart, clean and fair New Zealand, and we are committed to standing the best candidates to advance those ideas.
“I can understand that David will be unhappy with this decision, but the party reserves the right to stand the best candidates possible to grow the Green Party vote.
“Russel Norman is doing an outstanding job as our Co-leader. The Green Party executive is extremely happy with his performance and we fully support his leadership,” said Georgina Morrison.