From the above:
"If you've wanted to vote for the environment, you've had to vote for a party that has acted a clearing house for left-of-Labour activists, that often put social issues ahead of the environment," Tava said.
National deputy leader Paula Bennett said she thought the party had a shot, as there were many voters who were upset that the Greens had gone into coalition negotiations and won a referendum on cannabis instead of more environmental policy.
"They are welcome to the race. I think they've thought really well through their policies," Bennett said.
"There's a gap at the moment that the Greens aren't reaching."
So can the Sustainable NZ Party get going fast enough to be a suitable coalition partner for National in this year's election?