Green Party mourns passing of Jim Anderton
The Green Party is saddened by the news of the passing of former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Jim Anderton, who passed
"Jim was a great defender of the underdog. He stood up for New Zealanders hurt by the economic reforms of the 80s and
90s and devoted his public service to ensuring a fair deal for all," said Green Party Co-leader Hon James Shaw.
"By forming first New Labour and then the Alliance Jim also played a big part in ensuring greater proportional
representation in our Parliament. His success in leading challenger parties paved the way for more diverse views to be
given a voice in Parliament and government.
"Jim's work in establishing KiwiBank, supporting regional development and his latest role in the Christchurch rebuild
demonstrate the breadth of public life in New Zealand that he touched. But our lasting memory of Jim will be of the
stand that he took, consistently and passionately, in defending a fairer and more egalitarian way of life in New
"Our condolences go out to Jim family, friends and supporters, and especially his wife Carole,” said Mr Shaw.