Stakes increase for Nelson candidate after Green Party's shock poll plunge

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Green Party candidate Matt Lawrey is shrugging off the pressure of winning his electorate, despite the possibility of his party needing the seat in order to scrape into parliament.

The latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll shows the Greens have been hit badly by Meteria Turei's resignation.
Source: 1 NEWS

Matt Lawrey and MP Julia Anne Genter hosted a question and answer session in Nelson's city centre last night, as the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll results revealed the Greens have dropped below the five per cent threshold required to return to parliament.

If the polling numbers remained that low, the Greens would need to overturn the Nelson seat, held by National MP Nick Smith for the past 20 years.

But Mr Lawrey told 1 NEWS he expects the polling results to shoot back up. "It quite exciting to think where I'm at, being the 'Nelson guy' but I'm absolutely, totally convinced and confident that our vote is going to rise significantly in the next poll".

Mr Lawrey did acknowledge that he expected the poll results to drop, after his party experienced "probably the worst week in its history".

"But New Zealanders like a comeback" he said.

It's the first time the Party has tried to win a seat since Jeanette Fitzsimons held the Coromandel electorate in 1999.

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