The Greens have announced to their party membership a contest to elect a new female co-leader to replace Metiria Turei will be held in the new year.
It’s understood potential candidates are already considering their options, and a Facebook page espousing party number two on the list, Marama Davidson, for leader has already cropped up.
Speculation has been rife, since the shock resignation of Metiria Turei, over her likely replacement. Close proximity to the election meant any moves to jostle into contention had been placed on the backburner.
But among the most likely candidates was Davidson, as well as Ministers and party veterans Julie Anne Genter and Eugenie Sage. Parliamentary Under-secretary and senior MP Jan Logie was also a likely contender.
All four potential candidates are strong in different areas. Davidson is big on social justice issues like Turei was. Genter is an expert on transport and climate change issues. Sage has a very deep background in conservation and Logie has done much work in the area of domestic violence.
So the vote may be partly about the person, but also partly about what area members see as important for the Greens to brand themselves on.
Davidson has been an MP since 2015. She is 43 years old with six children and was ranked No 2 on the Greens List in 2017.
Genter has been an MP since 2011. She is 37 years old and was ranked No 3 on the Greens List in 2017.
Eugenie Sage has been an MP since 2011. She is 60 years old and was ranked No 4 on the Greens List in 2017.
Jan Logie has been an MP since 2011. She is 48 years old and was ranked No 6 on the Greens List in 2017.