COMMENT:

This new green-flavoured party isn't the life saver National needs. At least, not unless National can do some serious sweet-talking.

Vernon Tava's Sustainable New Zealand is launching today. The temptation is to imagine this party as a potential and desperately needed coalition partner for National.

But, it's not. Not as long as party leader Tava clings to his ideal of staying neutral.

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Tava is refusing to entertain the idea of taking a safe seat from National at the next election. Which almost certainly means he won't make it into Parliament. Without a safe seat he's going to have to

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