With James Shaw stepping down from Green Party co-leader duties, the hunt is on for his replacement.

Nominations for the role open tomorrow and close on February 14.

Once upon a time, the Green Party had a rule that one co-leader had to be male and the other female. This was the case for original co-leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald, then Metiria Turei and Russel Norman, and again for the current leadership pairing of Shaw and Marama Davidson.

But that rule has changed since Shaw and Davidson took over the leadership reins.

The party adjusted its leadership requirements in 2022, removing the requirement that one leader must be male. The Greens said it was part of a commitment to give non-binary and intersex people leadership opportunities.

Now, the requirements for the party’s co-leadership is that one co-leader must be female. The other person can be any gender.

The party’s rules also state one co-leader must be Māori.

Marama Davidson, being female and Māori, currently covers both of those co-leadership requirements.

The Greens’ co-leaders are elected every year at the party’s annual general meeting (AGM).

Finding Shaw’s replacement

Once nominations for the new co-leader close next month, Green Party members will vote for their preferred candidate at local meetings.

Each local branch is entitled to a certain number of votes proportionate to the number of members who live in that electorate.

The Green Party said it expects to announce its new co-leader on March 10.