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Kiwi Greens launch expat election campaign


James Shaw and Lizzie Gillett

Candidate for London and the UK


04 September 08

Standing room only as Kiwi Greens launch election campaign.


The London branch of the New Zealand Green Party launched its election campaign in London last week with a screening of upcoming climate documentary *The Age of Stupid*. The event was a sell-out with eager late-comers happy to forgo chairs to see the film.

New Zealand Green Party candidate for London James Shaw described himself as 'stoked' about the turnout, going on to promise to repeat it on election day. He said: "Now it's time to get out the vote. The Greens are targeting 15% of the vote from London and tonight was a great first step. We'll be working really hard over the coming months, making sure Kiwis in London know about the election and the Greens."

Reaction to the event was positive. David Clearwater from Wellington, now living in London, said "it's too late to save our planet with tiny green steps. Change needs to happen in a really big way, and we won't see that until the environment becomes a genuine priority of government."

Speaking about the film, which she produced, Green party candidate Lizzie Gillett said "After working on the film for over 3 years it was incredibly satisfying to see the powerful, emotional reactions from ex-pat Kiwis at the screening. Most people were shocked by the seriousness of the situation and eager for information on cutting their own personal emissions and lobbying governments for action on climate change."


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