Russel Norman resigns

One News has just tweeted that the 11 am press conference of the Greens is the resignation of Russel Norman.

UPDATE: has said he is leaving in May. Staying on as an MP for now, but resigning as co-.

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 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 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.

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