Following Sue Bradford’s resignation, next into Parliament on the Greens’ list is David Clendon, an Auckland business advisor and lecturer in resource management of Pakeha and Ngapuhi me Te Roroa descent.
As the Greens’ candidate in Helensville last year, Clendon won more candidate votes (6%) than the Greens won party votes (4.9%) . Not a bad achievement, especially considering Helensville is John Key’s seat and he hoovered up 73% of the candidate votes. Here is Clendon talking about why he’s in the Greens:
Although it’s sad to see Bradford go, it is good that we’re seeing more new faces in the Greens. Small parties tend to find rejuvenation a problem.
I’m sure David will be an asset, but he has big shoes to fill and will have many questioning whether his replacing Bradford signals a new direction for the party.