Election 2020: Green Party Negotiation Team Sets Its Terms of Reference


The Green Party has settled on its negotiation team, agreeing to who will represent the party’s members when considering the shape and outcome of talks with the incoming Labour-led Government.

The negotiating team has a similar make up to the group that considered the merits of negotiations with Labour post the 2017 General Election.

The group, called Tatau Pounamu, a Negotiation Consultation Group, has also settled on its terms of reference, giving a guideline for how it will settle on a final decision on what the Green Party’s relationship with Labour in Government will look like.

Tatau Pounamu’s terms of reference proposes a consensus be sought, and, if that fails, then a 75 percent vote of the Tatau Pounamu group in favour will be required “to carry a proposal that alters the status quo”.

Green Party co-leader, James Shaw. Image, Wikipedia.

The terms of Tatau Pounamu agreement state: All decisions concerning the negotiations, including what agreement, if any, would be taken to a Special General Meeting (SGM) will be taken by the combined membership of Tatau Pounamu.” 

“Decisions will be reached by consensus. When this is not possible it will be by vote, with at least 75% of votes in favour to carry a proposal that alters the status quo.”

“Only members of Tatau Pounamu selected by the three-petal approval processes are involved in decision-making.”

The group consists of 16 Green members, including some MPs, ex-MPs, and the upper echelons of the Green Party who have existing positions in the hierarchy. Significant among them are Gwen Shaw (General Manager), Roland Sapsford, John Ranta.
Green Party co-leader, Marama Davidson. Image, Wikipedia.

The Green’s negotiating team incudes:

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The membership of the Ihu (the team that are talking directly with Labour’s leader Jacinda Ardern and her negotiating team are:
  1. Wiremu Winitana
  2. James Shaw
  3. Marama Davidson
  4. Tory Whanau.

It is believed the membership of Tatau Pounamu are:

  1. Briar Wyatt
  2. Julie Nevin
  3. Elizabeth Kerekere
  4. Eugenie Sage
  5. Gwen Shaw
  6. Julie Anne Genter
  7. Jan Logie
  8. James Shaw
  9. Marama Davidson
  10. Mojo Mathers
  11. Roland Sapsford
  12. Teanau Tuiono
  13. Tory Whanau (chief of staff, that is Green parliamentary staff)
  14. Wiremu Winitana

    (male party co-convenor)

  15. Penny Leach

    (co-convenor of Tatau Pounamu & female party co-convenor)

  16. John Ranta (co-convenor of Tatau Pounamu).


  1. And where does Chloe fit in all this? She is their only directly elected MP, so a fairly important person.

    • Yeah , – get rid of Shaw and the Greens might stand a chance. What was he again? – a corporate coca cola sales guy? Looks more like a humourless flabby party saboteur to me. Never liked the guy.

        • Yeah well I party voted Green and I still dont like Shaw. And the Greens won despite Shaw. Not because of him. Maybe a hint of their success is in Chloe Swarbricks approach , not Shaw’s.

  2. And what about experienced high achieving former Greens MP’s like Russell Norman and Sue Bradford ?
    One would have thought that top level functioners such as they would surely be lending their expertise.

  3. “….who will represent the party’s members when considering the shape and outcome of talks with the incoming Labour-led Government.”

    Say what? Labour-led government? Perhaps the Greens haven’t noticed: it’s a Labour government. That’s what voters have elected.

    The Greens are in parliament, not in government.

    Labour doesn’t need the Greens, and will certainly play hardball over any negotiations. Kindness doesn’t come into it.

  4. I don’t like him much either Wild Katipo, but “Saboteur” is going a bit far.

    Sure, his political persona is very; wear a suit and don’t spook the voters, but he does have a sense of humour. Also stabilised the party during the Turei meltdown, then co-lead a parliamentary Green Party that grew by (at least) 2 MPs this election. Plus got his face broken by a god botherer for supporting abortion access.
    But yeah, I could do without the willingness to work with National (or even believe anything they say). Though I can see how strategically it makes sense, any deal does rely on the other party being trusted to keep their side.

  5. Maybe, could associate Minister, or blown arrogance not, what our seats Elected, why should we, who this adult toy playing child being in this place of seriousness. What game this person understand, about our knowing OF exploitation our people have known. Got COFFEE, what shop sells that, no we are tea, and our care is Socialist care, not a child!s play toy.
    Dare is suggest, political, maybe half way, ASSOCIATE.

  6. Thanks for the breakdown on the komitee. This is clearly bullshit. As per above comments: Chloe has more than legit rights to be a part of any powerbrokin decisions and any of the old skool who care to be involved, need to be. Sue Bradford….Looking at you. Greens went to HELL in a hand basket after they dissed you, they only got my vote again this time due to being the only option left on the Left, despite their pity crap performance. Please come back. Help us and those dumb ass functionaries.

  7. “Yaaaaaay ! $ix Figure$ plu$ entitlement$ and expence$ james !!!! Whoop!!!”
    Marama might have the cunt word in her hand bag but she wouldn’t know a farmer if she fell over a Friesian doing a yoga class with a sheep in her kitchen.
    Marama…? Yoo hoo?
    Watch this.
    We have 60 more harvests left. No shit.
    What’s the word for when a life long belief system is qualified by an entirely unconnected third party?
    Is it irony? Magic? Hilarious? Satisfying? All of the aforementioned?

    • Yeah it’s called regenerative farming something that the GREENS made part of their farming policy so I am sure Marama is well aware of it

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