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Greens "still campaigning"

The Green Party launches a nationwide advertising push today to continue the successful campaigning that has brought them within a whisker of winning seats in parliament.

The Greens find out on Tuesday whether special votes will go in their favour, overturning Jeanette Fitzsimons' 114-vote Coromandel election night defeat or lifting them from their 4.88 per cent election night party vote to the five per cent threshold needed to return MPs to parliament..

Green Party co-leader Rod Donald said the Greens' campaigning would continue despite the uncertainty of the provisional results.

Before the election the Green Party ran a series of newspaper adverts that read "This isn't an election campaign - this is our life's work" and "Our campaign won't finish when the election does".

"We mean every word of that. We're not giving up or going away. The Green Party is here to stay," Mr Donald said.

The Greens commenced their campaign with a large advertisement in today's Sunday Star Times and will follow up with other newspaper advertisements, including next Wednesday's NZ Herald, and a poster campaign. The advertising thanks the 100,000 people who voted Green last Saturday and asks the public to show their support by joining the party or making a donation.

Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said there was a "huge groundswell" of support for the Greens.

"There are a lot of people out there who are feeling frustrated that there may not be a Green voice in Parliament. We're saying to those people that they can still help, even if we don't get in on the special votes," Ms Fitzsimons said.

"Whatever happens we'll carry on working for the environment, social justice and a healthy economy. We'll be pushing the government to give these areas the priority they deserve."

The advertising campaign includes an 0900 donations number - 0900 Go Green (0900 46473).

Rod Donald: (025) 507 183 Jeanette Fitzsimons: (025) 586 068




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