Greens recycle 2014 election slogan

Former Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei's benefit fraud confession proved too risky

Greens Party leader James Shaw during a press conference announcing the Greens re-launch.

"Today I am re-committing to the Green Party's vision for New Zealand".

Green Party leader James Shaw has unveiled a new election slogan "Love New Zealand" at the party's relaunch in Auckland. Some of you will remember we used it in 2014.

Mr Shaw said it goes to the heart of what the Greens stand for. He acknowledged why "Great Together" was no longer appropriate.

"I didn't come to Parliament to act like other political parties, but over the past week that's where we've ended up", he said.

"We started out talking about the problem of poverty in New Zealand".

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"It is my personal commitment to New Zealanders that this will be a positive campaign".

He announced a new caucus leadership team to take on each of these areas - Marama Davidson (poverty), Julie-Anne Genter (climate change) and Eugenie Sage (clean water).

"We have got the fight of our lives on our hands".

Shaw was flanked by the party's top 20 candidates, some of whom had moved up two spots since Turei had quit, and MPs Kennedy Graham and David Clendon had resigned in protest at Turei earlier.

New candidates Chloe Swarbrick and Golriz Ghahraman have moved up into seventh and eighth on the list, nearly guaranteeing them a seat in Parliament post-September.

Previous campaign material included the slogan "Great Together" which, in the wake of Turei's resignation over her deepening benefit fraud scandal, had threatened to become a painfully ironic reminder that Shaw was now leading the party on his own.

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