Greens out of Mt Roskill
The Greens will not stand a candidate in aMt Roskill by-election if Labour incumbent Phil Goff wins the Auckland mayoralty and vacates the seat, the party has announced.
The deal is part of a memorandum of understanding the two left-wing parties signed earlier this year - but the Greens say the move has ‘‘no bearing’’ on its plans for the 2017 election.
ACT leader David Seymour has accused the Greens of hypocrisy over the move, saying it had decried similar deals in the past - a charge the party denies. Goff has promised to stand down if he takes up the mayoral chains.
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said the party had decided not to stand a candidate in the seat
‘‘after several weeks of internal discussions’’. ’’The Mt Roskill byelection will be closely contested, and we don’t want to play any role in National winning the seat.’’
Turei said the decision showed the success of the memorandum of understanding between the two parties, which includes an agreement to co-operate in Parliament and investigate a joint policy and/or campaign.
However, the decision for Mt Roskill ‘‘has no bearing on any other electorates or the 2017 election campaign’’, she said. The party was making the announcement now, given the ‘‘considerable interest’’ in a likely Mt Roskill by-election.