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Green Party MPs, 2005

Green Party MPs, 2005

Green Party co-leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons (second from left) and Rod Donald (centre), stand with MPs Sue Bradford (far left) and Sue Kedgley (second from right), and list candidate Metiria Turei (far right) at the party’s campaign launch in August 2005. In November that year Rod Donald suddenly and unexpectedly died. Donald, a leader of the push for proportional representation from 1989 to 1993, had become Greens co-leader in 1995. Leadership succession was being planned for, as Fitzsimons had made known her intention to retire, but there was no obvious successor for the position of male co-leader of the party. Russel Norman, who had managed the Greens's election campaign in 2005, won the position.

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Jennifer Curtin and Raymond Miller, 'Political parties - Small parties in the 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by Jennifer Curtin and Raymond Miller, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 21 Jul 2015