Sepuloni too toxic for Greens

Despite the attempts at a stitch up in Waitakere it seems that Carmel Sepuloni was just too toxic for some Greens:

A big group of Green Party supporters voting for National’s Paula Bennett in Waitakere effectively cost Labour’s?Carmel Sepuloni?the chance of winning the seat.

But Labour MP Damien O’Connor has both the Greens and National Party voters to thank for his victory in West Coast-Tasman.

Statistics on split voting in the general election show that half of the 3308 Green Party voters in Waitakere ticked Ms Sepuloni but 13 per cent voted for Ms Bennett – the 429 votes more than enough to give her the win.

Ms Bennett only just held on to the seat with a majority of nine after a judicial recount.

That was higher than in 2008, when Ms Bennett got the support of 9 per cent of the Green voters.