27 Nov 2011

Greens consider future relationship with National

7:55 pm on 27 November 2011

The Green Party will be talking to National later in the week about common policy areas the two parties can work on over the next three years.

The Green Party's national executive had a conference call on Sunday to discuss what kind of arrangement it wants to have with the National Party in the next Parliament.


The Greens won 10.6% of the party vote in Saturday's election, giving them 13 MPs.

The party had nine MPs in the last Parliament.

During the previous term, the Green Party had a Memorandum of Understanding with National and they worked together on policies like the home insulation scheme and the national cycleway.

Co-leader Russel Norman says it is likely they will have a similar agreement again, even though it was not what they were hoping for.

"We always said that our preference was to work with Labour in a Labour - Green government and that's obviously not possible given the numbers in the house", he says.

Mr Norman also says that the Greens have always said regardless of the outcome of the election, the party would work to make progress on Green policies and it's still committed to doing that.

It agreed earlier this year that it would leave the door open to a supply and confidence deal with National, but said it was highly unlikely.

The party's other co-leader, Metiria Turei, told Morning Report's election special programme that the most likely option touted before the election was to stay in opposition and sign a Memorandum of Understanding agreement with National.

"We will take our time and work through the priorities that we have," she says.

"I think it's clear that we've been very successful, even though we haven't been in government", she says.

The new Green Party MPs are: Eugenie Sage, Jan Logie, Steffan Browning, Denise Roche, Holly Walker and Julie Anne Genter.

Metiria Turei, Russel Norman, Kevin Hague, Catherine Delahunty, Kennedy Graham, Gareth Hughes and David Clendon all return to Parliament.