Julie Anne Genter – The high risk high reward candidate

Several Green Party members have threatened to quit if Julie Anne Genter becomes female co-leader.

Minster for Women Julie Anne Genter is facing off against deputy whip and back bencher Marama Davidson in the female co-leadership election.

If the Greens go with Julie Anne Genter, it would mean a move to the right for the Greens, and an opportunity to dip into a new voter base – at the risk of isolating their current one.

If the Greens go with Davidson, it means things will remain relatively the same as they were under Metira Turei – socialist and staying true to their current voter base, at the risk of not getting a shot at any other voter bases.

And the fact that members are threatening to quit if Genter wins shows just how much of a gamble she is.

With the possibility of an entirely new voter base while at the same time, possibly losing their current one, Genter is the high risk, high reward candidate.

Davidson may be the safer choice – But as Labour continues to slowly eat the Green’s vote, perhaps a radical change is needed.


  1. Raoul Ketko

    A good assessment; but my guess is that Marama will win the co-leader position. The Greens need to keep faith with their base. I’m sure you are aware that, when a coalition is cobbled together, it is rare for a small coalition partner to survive the next election. The Greens are at risk and will need popular leadership to keep them from sinking below 5%. Julie Ann Genter is a strong, competent and very intelligent MP but she doesn’t have as much popularity as Marama.

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