One News reports:
Fifth-ranked Green MP Gareth Hughes has confirmed he’s standing to become the Green’s male co-leader.
The 33-year-old who’s in his third term as an MP says his candidacy is for a generational shift in New Zealand politics .
West Coast based list MP Kevin Hague has already put his hat in the ring and is considered by some to be the front runner.
The party will decide on who the male co-leader is at its conference in late May.
It’s good Green members will get a choice.
I don’t agree with Gareth on most environmental issues, but he has done a lot of good work in the Comms/ICT sector and has built up a lot of respect for his approach to issues in this sector – even by those who disagree with him. If there had been a change of Government, many said he would be a good Comms/ICT Minister.
It is hard to see him beating Hague, but the fact that Hague is seven years older than the retiring Norman may be a factor – hence why Hughes is talking generational shift.
Not sure if James Shaw has totally ruled out standing, but it seems unlikely. Kennedy Graham is talking about it, but I think the real contest is likely to be between Hague and Hughes.