7 Oct 2017

VIDEO: Result a case for govt change - Greens

4:26 pm on 7 October 2017

Green Party leader James Shaw says he's absolutely delighted they have picked up another seat saying the majority for a change of government has now been extended.

James Shaw said earlier this week he was confident the party would pick up another seat as it needed only 0.13 percent of the special votes to gain an eighth MP.

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It means that Green Party candidate Golriz Ghahraman, who is a human rights lawyer and came to New Zealand as a nine-year-old Iranian refugee, will now be able to take a list seat in Parliament.

The final results have the Green Party with eight seats picking up 6.3 percent of the party vote.

Mr Shaw said she brought a tremendous personal history and story, as well as some unique experience to the Green caucus.

He said the majority for change had now been extended, which increased the case for a change of government.

He said that was what the Greens were working toward and it was what they were going to be to very busy negotiating in the coming few days.

Mr Shaw said he was really excited at the possibility of the first true MMP government having three parties together in a coalition, breaking out of a first past the post model.

He said he anticipated that Labour would take the lead in negotiating individually with the Greens and New Zealand First.

"And that at some point, if we're anticipating putting a government together, that we'd have to get the three of us in a room obviously, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it."

Mr Shaw said he believed the most stable government with a full three way coalition was one where they were "all in the tent".

Golriz Ghahraman said for a nine-year-old refugee girl to be able to grow up and enter the House of Representatives was indicative of the values of both the Green Party and New Zealand.

She said her goals were to end poverty in New Zealand and to take real action on climate change.

Ms Ghahraman said she was part of a party that stood up for the most vulnerable.

"Whether that's nature or whether that's our vulnerable people and you know we haven't been taking care of those for a while now in New Zealand, I want to get back to it."

And she said she was not interested in running for the co-leader position in the Green Party and that she was absolutely happy to work with anyone.

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