Election 2014

27 Oct 2011

Green co-leaders spend first day on campaign trail

11:48 am on 27 October 2011

The Green Party is hoping for its best result yet and is polling strongly going into the general election on 26 November.

Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman spent their first day campaigning together in the blue collar Wellington suburb of Tawa on Wednesday.

They visited resident Sushela Rajin, who went through the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme to get a discount on home insulation.

The programme is part of a joint initiative between the Greens and National under their Memorandum of Understanding. Ms Turei says well over 100,000 homes have been insulated throughout New Zealand to date.

The leaders also visited Owhiro Stream, one of Wellington's few urban waterways, where an environmental group was planting trees on the banks.

The campaign is Ms Turei's first as party co-leader, and she says while she thought she would be nervous, now that it's actually happening she is more excited than anything else.

The Green Party won 6.7% of the party vote at the last election in 2008 and has consistently polled above the 5% threshold since, with some putting it near the 10% mark.

History shows the party always polls well in the run-up to an election; the task this time is to actually make it happen.