Labour and Greens sign Cooperation Agreement

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Wellington, November 1, 2020

Labour Party Leader Jacinda Ardern with Greens Co-Leaders James Shaw, Marama Davidson and Labour Party Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis (Screenshot)

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern and Green Party Co-Leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson have signed a Cooperation Agreement Giving the Greens Ministerial portfolios outside the Cabinet.

Watch a video of the signing here

Shaw will remain as the Minister of Climate Change and will also become an Associate Minister for Environment. Davidson will hold the new Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence portfolio and Associate Housing.

Win-Win for both Parties

After the Agreement was signed this morning, Shaw called it a “win-win” for both parties.

About 85% of roughly 150 Green delegates voted in favour of the deal on a lengthy conference call last night. They were presented the deal following several rounds of talks between Labour and Green leaders that concluded on Thursday.

The Agreement includes little policy detail, but a commitment to work together on Child Poverty, Climate Change, and Environment.

It also means that the Greens cannot oppose Labour on Confidence and Supply matters, but can take their own position on issues outside of ministerial portfolios and areas of cooperation.

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