COMMENT

The Green Party of Aotearoa was on top of the world.

It was July 2017 and they were polling at 15 per cent. Some commentators were optimistic; a hop, skip and a polling jump and the Greens might even overtake Labour, lagging under Andrew Little, as the largest party on the left. No more marginalisation; the Greens could set the agenda.

That dream was shattered. Metiria Turei, then the Greens' co-leader, had previously revealed she committed benefit fraud as a young mother, which rocketed the Greens skyward. But revelations about electoral fraud leaked, two MPs resigned and Jacinda Ardern

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