Shaw acknowledges 'dissatisfaction' of Green party members

In a message to Green Party members, Climate Change Minister James Shaw says he needs to show his "commitment and passion for urgent radical change" as he attempts to win his co-leader role back.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw.

"The vote at the Green Party AGM to re-open nominations for the co-leader obviously came as a bit of a shock," he said.

However he had thought that was primarily due to members who did not support the decision to join the Government or the compromises made.

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"I want to learn from this and be a better co-leader, a better MP and a better minister because of it."

"I guess I’ve thought that the best work I could do for the Greens was my work as Climate Minister. I can see that I need to spend more time working on my role as co-leader. If members do choose to have me back, I will do that."

He said he shared the impatience for "radical change to our society and our economy right now".

"I also know I need to show that commitment and passion for urgent radical change more clearly to fellow Green members," he said.

"To those members who did vote to reopen nominations I want to say: I hear you. I hear your dissatisfaction with me and I want to take time to understand it, to address it and not to brush it off."