One News has just tweeted that the 11 am press conference of the Greens is the resignation of Russel Norman.
He has been male co-leader for eight years and apart from any personal reasons, I guess he realises that his chances of ever becoming a minister are dim. Even if the left wins in 2017, Winston is likely to block them from becoming Ministers.
Kevin Hague is the obvious choice to replace him as male co-leader. Well respected by mps in all parties. If the resignation was in 2016 or later, then James Shaw would be a good contender, but might be too early for him as a new MP. Having said that, Norman become male co-leader before he was an MP.
Norman cites wanting to spend more time with his family as a factor. being a (co) leader is very time consuming and hard on family life. He's had eight years in the (co) top job, so the decision is quite understandable. By coincidence just last week I was talking to someone about whether Norman and Turei would contest the next election as co-leaders, and who might be their successors.