31 May 2009

Turei says no radical changes for Greens

5:23 am on 31 May 2009

New Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei Metiria Turei says she will bring a new face and energy to the job, but will not be making any radical changes.

The 39 year old lawyer and list MP beat her fellow list MP Sue Bradford for the role.

The announcement was made on Saturday afternoon at the annual meeting of the party in Dunedin.

Ms Turei says she feels privileged to have been elected co-leader, and believes she represents the changing face of New Zealand.

She has a background in social justice and Maori issues, and joins Russel Norman at the helm of the Greens.

Her co-leader Russel Norman says he and Ms Turei will work well together.

Dr Norman says as a team they have strong environmental credentials.

Fitzsimons to stay on in Parliament

Jeanette Fitzsimons stepped aside as co-leader after 14 years in the role saying the time was right for a fresh face, and for her to have more time for her family.

She says she is confident the party is in good hands, following Ms Turei's election as her replacement.

Ms Fitzsimons will be staying on in Parliament as a backbench MP.