Tied to a Star: the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand and the 2020 General Election

Tom O'Brien, Nicholas Huntington

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In the 2020 General Election, the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand appeared ideally positioned to capitalise on its association with the Labour-NZ First coalition, led by Jacinda Ardern. Leading up to the election campaign, the Green Party presented itself as a progressive partner for the dominant Labour Party against weak opposition from the National Party. During the campaign, polls suggested that there was a risk the party would not pass the threshold for representation in Parliament, leading to the vigorous targeting of the Auckland City electorate seat. The strategy was successful, as the Green Party slightly increased its representation and won the electorate seat. Securing an agreement with the Labour Party could ensure continued policy influence but does raise concerns about the potential for fragmentation, in view of the party’s non-conformist roots and the urgency of the environmental challenges ahead.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-676
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2021

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  • Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Green Party
  • Election
  • COVID-19

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