Russel Norman is the new male Co-Leader of the Green Party.
The announcement was made today at the Party's AGM in Wellington after votes from members around the country were tallied.
Dr Norman thanked the other three candidates, Nandor Tanczos, Mike Ward and Dave Clendon, for the clean campaigns that they had run.
"All four of us have the skills and the drive needed to do the job, but at the end of the day, only one man is able to have the honour of being the Green Party's male Co-Leader.
"I am looking forward to the challenges the role will bring and hope that my efforts will at least go some way to continuing the work done by Rod before he died.
"With the help of my fellow Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons and the Green MPs, I intend to take the party through the next election with a much higher winning margin and return with many more seats," he says.
Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says: "Today we are celebrating democracy. Every single Green Party member had the opportunity to contribute to this decision which was made by their delegates at our conference. We have drawn on the wisdom of the whole party and I know we can count on their full support to do the job."
"This is a new beginning for the Greens. Rod has left very large shoes but I know Russel will put his own stamp on the position, as Rod did, as we work to advance the Green vision — sustainability, justice, democracy and peace," Ms Fitzsimons says.