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Marama Davidson has been selected by the Green Party to stand as the Green candidate in Tāmaki Makaurau. Davidson is a really promising up-coming politician, and would be an asset to Parliament. The electorate seat is currently held by Pita Sharples, who won’t be standing in the coming election. Shane Jones was runner up in the last election.
Davidson is a great communicator, who expresses a strong sense of caring and commitment for people, communities and the environment we live in. Here is her Green Party Profile. She was worked for various causes, including those focused on domestic violence and child abuse, the well being and education of young people, Māori mentoring and strong communities, Māori women’s groups, and social media initiatives. She is very comfortable with social media, is active on twitter, and posts to Te Wharepora blog.
This is how she explains her political views and approach:
Broad political issues: I am an active advocate for the wellbeing of whānau, hapu and iwi from a kaupapa Māori perspective. My lens is from a wāhine Māori viewpoint that seeks to reclaim collective caring of our planet and our people. The Green Party charter, visions and leadership are aligned with my passions and commitment to strengthening communities. Green Party advocacy on welfare reform, the environment, asset sales, poverty and housing are some of the examples of where I see reciprocal strengthening of both a kaupapa Māori approach and Green Party goals.
Tāmaki Makaurau electorate is considered to be wide open at the moment. Here is how the Green Party explain Davidson’s campaign-to-come in the electorate, in last night’s press release:
Marama Davidson, Ngāti Porou, Te Rarawa,Ngāpuhi, has been selected as the Green Party candidate for the hotly contested and vacant seat of Tāmaki Makaurau , party Co-leader Metiria Turei announced tonight.
“Marama is an exceptional candidate who will undoubtedly grow the Green Party vote in Tāmaki Makaurau ,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.
“Marama has a strong personal following and represents a bold new wave of Māori leaders.
“With so many Māori leaders leaving parliament at the end of this term it is great to have someone of Marama’s calibre in with a chance of replacing them.
“The Green Party is taking Tāmaki Makaurau seriously. At this point the electorate is wide open and we are committed to growing our party support in the Māori electorates,” said Mrs Turei.
“I am standing for Tāmaki Makaurau to continue my passion for social justice and protecting our environment,” said Green Party candidate Marama Davidson.
“I am an active advocate for the wellbeing of whānau, hapu and iwi from a kaupapa Māori perspective. My lens is from a wāhine Māori viewpoint that seeks to reclaim collective caring of our planet and our people.
“It’s time for new Green and Māori leadership. For Maori, it’s worth remembering that a party vote for the Green’s is the best way to achieve real change and a strong voice in a new government.
“There is an absence of Māori women across mainstream political spheres, yet our input is essential to a better future. The Green Party enjoys a reputation of presenting strong Māori women and I am keen to uphold that.
“There is much for Aotearoa to gain in the alignment between Tangata Whenua visions and Green Party aspirations.
“Green Party advocacy on welfare reform, the environment, asset sales, poverty and housing are some of the examples of where I see reciprocal strengthening of both a kaupapa Māori approach and Green Party goals.
“I am looking forward to the election campaign and increasing the Green Party vote,” said Ms Davidson.
Marama is currently #15 on the initial 2014 party list. I hope she wins a high enough place on the final list, to ensure she becomes an MP.