The Green Party wants to be in the main leaders’ debates on television:
. . . The Greens have made a formal request to TV One and TV3 for a co-leader to join the Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition, rather than take part in the minor parties debate – which has been the typical election format.
The Greens say their 12 percent polling position puts them in a different league to the other smaller parties which are polling around 5 percent or less.
They might be the biggest of the wee parties but neither of their co-leaders is going to be Prime Minister nor lead the opposition.
The National and Labour leaders aren’t invited to debate just because of their parties’ size or popularity but because the winner will lead the country and the other will lead the opposition.
The debates are designed to allow us to see and hear from the PM and the one trying to replace him and mercifully neither of the Green co-leaders will hold either of those positions.