Greens leader has 'every confidence' party can turn around dismal poll result and fallout from Metiria Turei's resignation and 'actually do better'




Green Party leader James Shaw has "every confidence" the party can turn around their latest dismal poll result, saying "not only can we recover that but actually do better" after Metiria Turei stood down as the party's co-leader yesterday.

Metiria Turei resigned yesterday shortly before a Newshub-Reid Research poll showed a collapse in Greens support.
Source: Breakfast

Speaking on TVNZ's Breakfast programme this morning Green Party leader James Shaw said Ms Turei made her decision to stand down before they were notified about the results of a Newshub-Reid Research poll which showed the party had lost a third of its party vote, dropping to 8.3 per cent. 

1 NEWS' Political Editor says Metiria Turei's made the "right decision" in standing down.
Source: Breakfast

"We had received the news of that after she had made the decision," Mr Shaw said. 

"The last Newshub poll had us at 13 per cent and so that's a five point drop."

Mr Shaw said Jacinda Ardern taking over as the Labour Party leader was going to "result in some of that".

"It's also a very significant change for New Zealand First who also dropped four points in the same poll and so we know some of that effect was the change in the Labour leadership.

"You've got to hand it to Jacinda, she's been amazing in the last week and we also knew that some of that was what was going on with us.

"Our natural level of supporters are around 10 to 11 percent. 

"I have every confidence that in the next six weeks not only can we recover that but actually do better that."

Metiria Turei bowed to public scrutiny and political pressure, quitting as Greens co-leader last night following her admission a month ago that she had lied to get more money from Work and Income as a solo parent in the 1990s.

Ms Turei later admitted to electoral fraud over being enrolled to vote in an electorate she didn't live in the 1990s.

Her withdrawal came just two days after two Green MPs, Kennedy Graham and David Clendon, left the party caucus over Ms Turei's revelations.

She says she still doesn't regret the admission, but needed to stand down for the good of her family whom she says have been subjected to intense attacks and unnecessary questioning since.

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