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Sometimes we will disagree, Greens say

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/05/2017 Karen Sweeney

Co-leaders of the Green Party, James Shaw and Metiria Turei © Getty Co-leaders of the Green Party, James Shaw and Metiria Turei After their difference of opinion over the government's family tax package there was speculation cracks were starting to appear in the Labour-Greens alliance.

But a year on from the Memorandum of Understanding that committed the parties to work together to change the government at this year's election, Labour leader Andrew Little insists they're still committed.

The Green Party's co-leaders James Shaw and Metiria Turei are on the same page as Labour but say sometimes they're allowed to disagree.

"Sometimes you just don't agree and this has got to be the case when we are all in Parliament ... that there will be times when we don't always agree with the rest of our Coalition partners and there will be a process inside our new and progressive government that enables us to have that conversation," Ms Turei said.

There was some argument that the conversation didn't happen this time around though when it came as a surprise to some Labour MPs that the Greens were voting for the government's family package legislation, which passed Parliament under urgency on Friday.

Ms Turei said that was unfortunate but a result of the pressures of quickly passing budget legislation.

While the parties disagreed on that aspect of the budget both are committed to voting against the budget as a whole, according to Mr Little.

"I think actually Labour and the Greens share the same criticisms of the budget," he said.

"When you see that more money goes in the top 10 per cent of income earners than goes on for example to changes for Working for Families then you know that this is not a package that's aimed at low and middle income earners, it's a package that benefits top income earners."

The parties are planning a get together to celebrate Wednesday's first anniversary of their union.

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