With the Māori Party putting Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Tai Hauāuru and Waiariki in play the possibility of the Greens + the Māori Party being in Parliament is one worth exploring.
If the Greens and the Māori Party are in Parliament, they should immediately meet to form a panel that can agree on a shared list of policies that would be passed within the first 100 days of the next Government.
Even if Labour does, or doesn’t need them.
If Labour just fall short of a majority because the Māori Party lift it through the Overhang, then the Greens and MP would have leverage to get a policy platform through in the first 100 days that could actually be transformative.
If Labour has a majority on its own, the Greens + MP should still meet and form a policy platform with the threat that if Labour don’t adopt it and form a coalition then the Greens and MP will attack Labour for the next 3 years from the Left.
For Labour, they would want a coalition Government. 2023 is a generational shift in NZ politics when for the first time, Gen Xers + Millennials outnumber Boomers at the ballot box. The time to build a broad coalition Government tailored for this shifting dynamic is now.
The negotiating team for the Greens & MP meeting Labour should be Nandor, Sue Bradford, Laila Harre and a representative from the Maori Party.
The most aligned policy platform in the MMP spectrum is the Greens and Māori Party.
The Rubiks cube of MMP could produce a Labour+Green+Māori Party Government which would be the most progressive government in our lifetime.
This could produce the transformative change Jacinda promised in 2017.
The Greens and Māori Party need to be extremely strategic here. This is what everyone has been fighting for.
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