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It is time to party for Greens’ candidates

Nov 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

By Grant Ellen and Katie McAlister

REACHING a goal of 10% would give Greens a reason to celebrate tonight.

Greens candidate for Wellington Central James Shaw (above) believes the Greens will reach its target.

“I’m really excited. Our goal is to rate 10% and we’d be surprised if we came in under 10%, but 9% would still be a 20% increase from last time,” he says.

“Effectively everything is a win.”

With this optimistic attitude Mr Shaw has not wasted a minute of polling day.

This morning he was in the Green party’s office organising dozens of Green members who were door knocking to remind people to vote today.

Mr Shaw followed this with a champagne brunch, the first time he has stopped to relax for a drink in three months.

He then headed out to his wood store in Ngaio and removed nails from the party’s billboards, recognising the good job the billboard team has done.

Mr Shaw arrived at the Green party’s headquarters at San Francisco Bathhouse tonight to greet his colleagues and Green party volunteers.

Tonight he plans to speak at The Backbencher about the campaign and will later shake hands with the other Wellington Central candidates, including Foster Bell, Grant Robertson and Stephen Whittington.

He will return to the Green party’s headquarters for his speech at 10.30pm.

Greens candidate talks strategy

Meanwhile, NewsWire asked James Shaw why Russel Norman was missing in action from many of the Rongotai candidates’ meetings and whether it was a strategy by the Greens to stop a split in the left vote.

Mr Shaw says the reason for Mr Norman’s absence at many of the meetings was that as a co-leader he needs to travel around the country to campaign.

“I’ve actually done three meetings myself out in Rongotai filling in for Russel.”

He says as a third party it is extremely difficult to win electorates so the strategy is to focus on the party vote because that is the vote that makes the difference to the Greens.

“What we’re saying is we won’t turn down your constituency vote, but if you are one of the very many people who are only going to give one vote to the Greens make sure it’s your party vote.”

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