ecoglobe [yinyang] news (7 December 1999)

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The New Zealand Greens make it into Parliament!

Green party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons has made it! And together with her five other Greens will enter New Zealand parliament.

The counting of the special votes for her Coromandel electorate has turned an election night defeat by 114 votes into a win by 246 votes.

Radio New Zealand's eight o'clock news reported that the Greens are also confident to pass the five per cent hurdle after all special votes will have been counted. The election night result took the Green Party to 4.88 per cent of the national vote.

With the Greens in parliament the Labour-Alliance government will have 60 of the total of 120 seats in the New Zealand parliament, in stead of the 63 majority according to the election night results.

The Greens have undertaken to support the coalition on supply and confidence.

Ms Fitzsimons said she thought she had done well among voters who had not been intending to vote - but who had enrolled at the last minute because they wanted to vote Green.

ecoglobe is confident that the green presence in parliament will lead to better enviromental policies.

          We congratulate the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand!

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