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.


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