When Labour went into coalition with NZ First, it seemed astute on the part of the Greens to back it on confidence and supply in exchange for ministerial positions. The Greens believed they would be able to achieve several of their major policy goals, without suffering the fate of other small parties suffocated in the embrace of a major party in the process of governing the country.
So how is it looking less than nine months into the term? The assessment is far from favourable: the Greens have scored enough own-goals to dismay even onetime champions like Sue Bradford.
Any government starts losing votes from the day it takes office. For the Greens, as polls show, leakage of support has been on a scale which could threaten the party’s survival at the next election.
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