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Greens aim to unseat Nick Smith

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/06/2017

For the first time in nearly 20 years the Greens are making a run for an electorate seat, they're going to have a go at unseating Environment Minister Nick Smith in Nelson.

The Greens normally campaign for the party vote but their Nelson Candidate, Matt Lawry, will run a two-tick campaign this time.

The Nelson City councillor says that since he was selected he's been approached by "a tonne of people" who have said things have deteriorated under National.

"They're angry about the state of our rivers, they're unhappy about rising inequality, and they're worried that their kids are never going to be able to afford to buy their own home," he said on Friday.

"They also think that after 27 years of Nick Smith, it's time for a new MP.

Party co-leader James Shaw says it's the Greens' first run at an electorate seat since Jeanette Fitzsimons won Coromandel in 1999.

Dr Smith retained Nelson in 2014 with a majority of more than 7000 votes. Labour was second and the Greens ran third.

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