Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


Russel Norman Wins Green Co-Leadership Contest

Russel Norman Wins Green Party Co-Leadership Contest

Words and images Kevin List

Green Party co-leader candidates Russel Norman and Nandor Tanczos chat while the votes are being counted

Seconds away from the announcement that…

…Russel Norman is the new Green Party co-leader


This afternoon one of the backroom boys of the Green Party stepped out into the limelight and a grilling by the media as to how a non-MP would work as the new Green Party Co-leader.

Australian import but now proud Kiwi Russel Norman beat current Green MP Nandor Tanczos, former MP Mike Ward and Auckland academic Dave Clendon to fill the role left vacant following former co-leader Rod Donald's death late last year.

Mr Norman stuck to two key messages during his speech at the annual Green Party conference - messages that seemd to resonate with the delegates – Climate Change and Transport.

Mr Norman's closest rival for the co-leader's position Nandor Tanczos possibly didn't enhance his chances by veering off into a philosophical argument as to whether the Green Party was 'Green-Wing' (a new semantic term suggesting a shift away from the traditional right and left wing political axis).

Of the other candidates Auckland academic Dave Clendon came across as likable but failed to set the room on fire with his emphasis on Green Party members being conservative with a small c.

Former MP Mike Ward was plagued by microphone difficulties throughout his speech and the question and answer session that followed it later. Mr Ward's emphasis on less negativity - especially in press releases and his esoteric emphasis on the power of art made his message seem muddled when his microphone was actually working properly.

After winning the party's male co-leader position Mr Norman made a graceful acceptance speech and later on cleared up a mystery as to whether the Greens would be snuggling up with Dr Brash and the National Party.

Despite firing a broadside at Labour for the recent billion dollar 'roads budget' Mr Norman emphasised the difficulty of the Greens working with a party led by a 'climate change denier' – as Mr Norman described Dr Don Brash.

Portraits of the candidates hours before the vote

Green MP Nandor Tanczos in a slightly pensive mood after reading John Armstrong's NZ Herald column that tipped Russel Norman to be the next Green co-leader

Favourite Russel Norman appears chirpy some hours before the vote for co-leader

Dave Clendon had a nice line in self deprecating humour when he spoke at the conference and here flashes a hearty smile – knowing he's going in as an outsider

Mike Ward is deep in thought about something – perhaps having a crack at the Nelson mayoralty


It was no contest for the female co-leader - Jeanette Fitzsimons happily signs up for another stint

New co-leader Russel Norman faces a veritable media scrum with Newstalk ZB's Barry Soper leading the charge

Some Green Party fashion – from casual chic to urban bohemian to bow-tie dapper


Listen to the Green Party male co-leader candidates speeches

Scoop Audio.Scoop Streaming Audio: Mike Ward 03.06.06

Click here to download file (mp3)

Scoop Audio.Scoop Streaming Audio: Nandor Tanczos 03.06.06

Click here to download file (mp3)

Scoop Audio.Scoop Streaming Audio: Dave Clendon 03.06.06

Click here to download file (mp3)

Scoop Audio.Scoop Streaming Audio: Russel Norman 03.06.06

Click here to download file (mp3)


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news