Leaving the Minors: The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand and the 2011 General Election

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DatePublished - 12 Dec 2012
Issue number1
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)69-81
Original languageEnglish


The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has emerged as a successful environmentally focused party with a solid base. The 2011 General Election represented a high-point for the party, distancing it from the other minor parties. This article explores examples of factors affecting the success of Green parties, and examines the strategy of the New Zealand Green Party prior to the 2011 election. The findings indicate that the party has developed stable support through the development of a consistent policy base and pragmatic approach to its role in parliament. This has allowed the Greens to establish a position following the 2011 election as the third party in New Zealand politics.

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