James Shaw: I am the candidate for a strong Green future

Rookie MP James Shaw has announced he will stand for the Green Party co-leadership.

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Mr Shaw made the announcement in Wellington today where he won the highest percentage of party vote for a Green candidate nationally at last year's general election.

"I am standing for co-leader because the Greens need new energy and thinking if we are to grow as a party," the 41-year-old says.

"If we are going to get meaningful action on climate change and inequality then the Greens need more people to vote for us."

He says achieving a bigger, stronger and more effective Green Party is about a proven record in connecting with people.

"I have a track record of growing the vote in Wellington Central where I took the Greens from 20% to 30% across two elections, making the Greens the second largest party in the electorate.

"I am the right person at the right time to do this job. I am the candidate for a strong Green future."

Mr Shaw will run against West Coast MP Kevin Hague, fellow Wellingtonian Gareth Hughes and Waitemata Local Board member Vernon Tava.

Russel Norman steps down from the co-leadership at the party's AGM in May.

Key dates for the co-leader election

March 20: Nominations for leadership positions open.

April 17: Nominations for leadership positions close.

April 18 to May 1: Provincial 'meet the candidate' meetings held

May 30 to 31: Election held at Green Party AGM