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'Historic night' for Green Party

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said the election night was historic for the Greens and for New Zealand.

For the first time, the party broke through the 10% threshold and has increased ing its number of MPs from nine to 13.

Dr Norman said the party went into the election hoping to get 10% of the party vote and exceeded expectations.

He said the Greens had cemented their place as the third party of New Zealand politics.

Dr Norman said it had taken a fair while to get to this point but had been a worthwhile struggle.

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New Zealand Green Party campaign wraps up

The Green Party wrapped up its campaign today in Auckland with a free concert and reminder to get out and vote for jobs, rivers, and kids on Saturday.

"A vote for the Greens is a vote for a richer New Zealand in the things that really matter. A richer New Zealand will have clean rivers, healthy kids, and jobs that are good for our environment and our economy," Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

"The Greens are ready to get back into Parliament with more MPs and more energy than ever before to start working on our priority areas of jobs, rivers, and kids.

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Goff re-enforces Greens-Labour pact

Labour expects to go into a full coalition with the Greens and give its leaders Russel Norman and Metiria Turei ministerial posts, Labour leader Phil Goff said today.

"I think the Greens would be a partner to the Labour-led Government and I would expect them to be in formal coalition with us."

But he said it was too soon to say what portfolios might be offered.

"We have to get there. When we are there we we'll make those decisions and in consultation with our partners."

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Time for a new approach

New Zealand MP Kennedy Graham says we need to overhaul our political analysis to help us meet the challenges of the 21st century.
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