The Green Party is saddened by the news of the passing of former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Jim Anderton, who passed away today.
"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 Zealand.
"Our condolences go out to Jim family, friends and supporters, and especially his wife Carole,” said Mr Shaw.