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The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand (Te Rōpu Kākāriki o Aotearoa, Niu Tīreni) is a left-wing party focused on environmental and social justice issues and honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It currently supports the government through a confidence and supply agreement, and has three ministers outside of cabinet. The Green Party formed in 1990 from the Values Party and first entered Parliament in 1996 as a part of the Alliance. It stood candidates independently at the 1999 election, and supported the fifth Labour government from 1999 to 2002 and 2005 to 2008.

James Shaw

Co-leader

Marama Davidson

Co-leader

Quick facts

  • Year founded 1990
  • Times in government 1
  • Current MPs 8
  • Electorate seats held0
  • Donations received 2017-2019 $1,791,215
  • 2020 polling average
    7.3%
1
Marama Davidson
Marama Davidson
Green Party
My local priorities
Green Party's poverty action plan and a guaranteed minimum income of $325 for everyone not in full-time paid employment. Massively increase public housing so everyone can have a warm, dry, affordable, secure home and put down roots. Taking strong climate action so our future generations have a stable climate to live in.
Why I’m running
Being co-leader of the Green Party is one of the biggest honours and toughest jobs I have ever had! I want to continue being a political voice for our country because the world needs the vision, solutions and pathways that the Green Party has to offer to the world. I have seen first-hand how the environmental, social/cultural and economic issues we face are all inter-connected and I am getting better and better at telling that story and putting up the smart solutions.
About me
I am privileged to have grown up in rural Aotearoa on my Hokianga homeland as well as in cities across the country. For most of the past 27 years I have lived in South Auckland with my family: my husband Paul and I have six children, three children in-laws, one very special baby mokopuna and one dog who lovingly rescued us. My paid and unpaid work has been in human rights advocacy, youth work, community development and social and environmental activism.
Party list rank
1
First entered Parliament
2015
Before politics
Advisor, Human Rights Commission
Place of residence
Manurewa
Age
46
2017 Result
3rd in Tāmaki Makaurau
2
James Shaw
James Shaw
Green Party
My local priorities
Increase the stock of affordable housing in Wellington City, including public, community and Iwi developments. Get construction started on the rapid transit system from the Railway Station to the Airport. Replace Wellington's ageing sewage, storm and drinking water pipes.
Why I’m running
The next parliament and the next government will make choices about New Zealand's future orders of magnitude greater than at any time in recent history. I want to ensure every dollar of the Covid-19 recovery stimulus is put to work solving the long term challenges facing our country – like climate change, persistent poverty and the biodiversity crisis. Otherwise our children will inherit the double-whammy of paying back our Covid recovery debt and having to deal with those long term challenges.
About me
I was born and raised in Wellington and educated at Wellington High School and Victoria University. I lived in London for 12 years and worked all over the world as a management consultant specialising in leadership and sustainability. It was while doing post-grad at Bath University that I came to the realisation that, in order to create a truly sustainable economy and society, we also need political change – so I came home in 2010, stood for election in 2011 and was elected in 2014.
Party list rank
2
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
Management consultant
Place of residence
Central Wellington
Age
47
2017 Result
3rd in Wellington Central
3
Chlöe Swarbrick
Chlöe Swarbrick
Green Party
My local priorities
An accessible city to live, work and play in. To get around, to afford, and to feel welcome in. Our natural environment: our water, air and parks. Prioritisation of human and nature's health are complementary. Support for our arts and cultural communities, and the diverse small businesses that build vibrancy and opportunity.
Why I’m running
The power of the people is always stronger than the people in power. I joined the Greens because they recognised more than any political party the inextricable links between the wellbeing of all people and our environment, and that only sustainable, long-term change can be achieved with support from grassroots communities. We believe in the power of communities to address their local issues through creativity and collaboration, and we need to change the approach of parliament to empower that.
About me
Auckland Central has a history of fierce independence. It's alive and well today, embedded in places like Karangahape Road, across the motu in Waiheke and Aotea Great Barrier. I came to politics because I lived here, and was watching gentrification commodify our culture to raise the cost of living; I connected the dots on poor political planning and our poor access to transport, rent skyrocketing and lack of protection for our arts and culture. We have the solutions, here, in our own community.
Party list rank
3
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Small business owner
Place of residence
Auckland Central
Age
26
2017 Result
3rd in Maungakiekie
4
Julie Anne Genter
Julie Anne Genter
List MPList only candidate
Green Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
I believe Aotearoa New Zealand is wonderful, and we can do so much more to ensure everyone in our country has affordable access to a warm, dry, healthy home. We can have neighbourhoods that are safe for our kids to cycle, scoot and walk around so they can be independent. We can work together to tackle the challenge of climate change, protect nature and clean up our waterways, produce food in a sustainable way, and end child poverty and homelessness. I'm standing for the Green Party so we can.
About me
I am passionate about finding solutions, protecting our environment, and ensuring fairness for all. My specific professional experience in transport and urban planning has been very useful in my role as a Green MP for nearly 9 years, and as Minister for Women, Associate Minister of Health and Transport for the past term of government. I intend to continue to advocate for frequent, affordable and reliable buses and trains, safe walking and cycling, road safety, rail freight and coastal shipping.
Party list rank
4
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Transportation planner
Place of residence
Berhampore, Wellington
Age
40
2017 Result
3rd in Mt Albert
5
Jan Logie
Jan Logie
Green Party
My local priorities
Climate action. This is the most urgent issue facing us all, and we don't have time to delay. Reduce costs with warm dry solar homes, local gardens, and cheaper public transport and low emission cars. Reduce poverty by more jobs for women, more retraining, increased employment protection and a guaranteed minimum income.
Why I’m running
I believe Covid-19 has exposed strengths and weaknesses in our communities and government. The next three years are our opportunity to take climate action that reduces inequalities and protects nature. The effects of climate change/environmental/social neglect are evident in every suburb in Mana. The solutions such as a guaranteed minimum income, affordable low emission transport, solar, and warm homes, green infrastructure, and food systems all help people and planet. If not now then when?
About me
I've lived in the electorate for over a decade. Before parliament I was a teacher, research manager and led local and national community organisations. I believe politicians have a duty to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Papatūānuku and to remove barriers for the marginalised. This term I have led work that created a whole-of-government response to family and sexual violence, passed world-leading legislation and managed to get more money to these community services than in any previous budget cycle.
Party list rank
5
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Development Manager, Sustainable Cities
Place of residence
Cannons Creek
Age
50
2017 Result
3rd in Mana
6
Eugenie Sage
Eugenie Sage
Green Party
My local priorities
Ensure Aotearoa's threatened plants and wildlife thrive, nature is healthy and we turn the biodiversity crisis around. Reform environmental laws to have liveable cities and towns; clean rivers; healthy oceans and thriving fisheries. Reduce waste to landfill to reduce GHG emissions, recover and re-use more materials, and create jobs.
Why I’m running
Our most important assets are nature and people. All over Aotearoa, ordinary people are doing extraordinary things – tackling big structural injustices by their practical care for people and planet and building community in the process. If everyone has a secure and warm home, food on the table, fair pay and a quality education, then Aotearoa will be a better place to live. I want to be part of a Green government which achieves this.
About me
I have been a Green MP since 2011, am currently Minister of Conservation, Land Information and Associate Minister for the Environment (waste). With the Greens in Government I have helped DOC rebuild and focus on the nature crisis; with the biggest increase in conservation funding in 16 years; put nature at the centre of our economic recovery from Covid with the $1.3 billion Jobs for Nature package; and am leading a big work programme to turn around New Zealand's rubbish record on waste.
Party list rank
6
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Regional councillor on ECAN
Place of residence
Whakaraupo/Lyttelton Harbour
Age
61
2017 Result
3rd in Port Hills
7
Golriz Ghahraman
Golriz Ghahraman
Green Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
7
First entered Parliament
2017
2017 Result
4th in Te Atatū
8
Teanau Tuiono
Teanau Tuiono
Green Party
My local priorities
Just transition that supports workers into clean energy jobs that help with climate action and protect biodiversity. Increase workplace rights for temporary migrant workers to ensure equality with local workers. Embed ecological sustainability and civics education in the curriculum.
Why I’m running
I'm ready to be a progressive voice for Palmerston North in parliament. I have worked on social justice and environmental issues my entire life both here at home and around the world. In Pasifika communities I am known for my work in the education sector and climate change advocacy. In Māori communities I am known for my work on indigenous rights. I intend to take those skills and experiences into parliament and put them to work for the diverse communities that call Palmy home.
About me
Palmy is a great place to raise children; to work and to be connected in Aotearoa New Zealand. The academic and research communities have some fantastic innovation happening, and we have vibrant arts and culture. But there are things we need to work on too: for too long, too many of us have been left behind and unable to put a warm roof over our heads or food on the table. We need more Green MPs in the government to set a better course for the future of our communities.
Party list rank
8
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Publisher
Age
47
2017 Result
4th in Manurewa
9
Elizabeth Kerekere
Elizabeth Kerekere
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ensure that wh?nau, hap? and iwi lead in every decision that affects them. Respect Papatūānuku so that our ways of life protect our whenua, awa and moana rather than harm and destroy them. Implement our poverty action plan to ensure everyone has a liveable income inside or outside of a safe, warm, dry home.
Why I’m running
The Greens have put me at #9 on the list so a strong party vote Green will get me into parliament, where I hope to represent my iwi of Whānau a Kai, Ngāti Oneone, Te Aitanga ā Mahaki, Rongowhakaata and Ngāi Tāmanuhiri. I will be a voice for the most marginalised people in our communities; Māori, Pasifika, and people of colour, Rainbow people, and people with disabilities. Based not on what I say I will do, but what I have done for decades. For equality, healthy nature and climate action #ThinkAhead
About me
As an activist for almost 40 years, I have focused on kaupapa Māori and Te Tīriti issues. That includes 30 years on Rainbow issues, focusing on takat?pui and young people. As a leader within Rainbow, suicide prevention and youth development sectors, I have represented human and indigenous rights issues overseas, including at the UN. I also work nationally in health, mental health, violence prevention, youth leadership and research. Being a visual artist keeps me grounded. Google me for more info.
Party list rank
9
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Kaimahi, Whāngaia Ngā Pā Harakeke
Place of residence
Kaiti, Gisborne
Age
54
2017 Result
3rd in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
10
Ricardo Menéndez March
Ricardo Menéndez March
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Maungakiekie electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Improve the rate of building and the quality of the public housing in the area to alleviate homelessness. Fund community efforts to clean the Manukau harbour. Work alongside council to remove waste seeping into our waterways. Introduce a guaranteed minimum income which would lift parents, people with disabilities and the unemployed out of poverty.
Why I’m running
I'm running for parliament with the Greens to fight to end poverty and tackle the climate crisis. I've worked on the minimum wage, and as a community organiser on the frontline alongside people on the benefit who have been failed by successive governments. I want to champion a politics for the many, where everyone lives with dignity, independent of their employment status.
About me
I'm an educator, a community organiser and a campaigner. Over the past few years I have been working with people on the benefit and community organisations to bring about policy change. Despite the lack of transformative action on welfare, we collectively improved the compensation tenants made homeless by the meth-testing regime received and put benefit levels on the political agenda. I am accountable to the people most impacted by the issues I fight for, not vested corporate interests.
Party list rank
10
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Coordinator at AAAP
Place of residence
Balmoral
Age
32
2017 Result
3rd in Mt Roskill
11
Steve Abel
Steve Abel
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for New Lynn electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Warm, affordable and energy efficient housing including a massive increase in solar and batteries across the country. General tree protection returned to stop extensive tree loss in Auckland. Proper funding for tackling kauri dieback too. Climate action that sees better public transport and mobility options leading to tangible cuts in fossil fuel emissions.
Why I’m running
I'm totally sick of politicians who wring their hands and tell us why they can't do this or that. I am strongly of the view that where there is a will there is a way. I don't want to hear why we can't, I want to hear how we can! Now more then ever when faced with the greatest existential challenge of human history – climate change – we need politicians willing to make stuff happen and do what needs to be done – that is why I'm standing for parliament.
About me
I have worked for 20 years to protect our environment including successful campaigns to stop native logging, protect our oceans and waterways and see an end to offshore oil and gas extraction. I believe our well being as a society is inextricably linked to the health of our environment. Climate change is just one of massive challenges we face. I believe that with bold leadership we can create a society that is fair to all and doesn't destroy our planet. That is what I will work for as an MP.
Party list rank
11
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
An activist working at Greenpeace
Place of residence
Glen Eden
Age
50
2017 Result
Did not stand
12
Teall Crossen
Teall Crossen
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rongotai electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Transform our transport system to reduce climate pollution and make it safer, quicker and easier get around. Build more state houses that are solar powered and energy efficient because everyone needs a warm, dry home. Support jobs for nature, to help provide local employment while protecting our streams, parks and marine life.
Why I’m running
I want Aotearoa to be a leader on climate change and environmental justice. My legal and diplomatic experience will make me an effective member of parliament. The next term of parliament will see an overhaul of the RMA, and I want to use my legal skills to ensure our environmental laws protect nature in partnership with iwi and hapū and provide a voice for local communities.
About me
I am an environmental lawyer with over two decades of experience advocating for the environment and people in Aotearoa and overseas. I have taken mining companies to court to protect endangered species, been arrested for protesting a coal-fired power station, lobbied countries at the United Nations to recognise climate change as a threat to international peace and security, and I have recently written a book on climate justice and the Pacific.
Party list rank
12
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Environmental lawyer
Place of residence
Berhampore
Age
44
2017 Result
Did not stand
13
Scott Willis
Scott Willis
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Taieri electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Construct climate-safe homes to house our most vulnerable and adapt to rising sea-levels. Deliver cleaner, cheaper, smarter electricity to eliminate energy hardship and reduce emissions. Support our farmers to transition to regenerative and organic agriculture for low carbon, thriving rural communities.
Why I’m running
I believe we have an opportunity and a duty to dial down the climate crisis. For the past 12 years I've managed an NGO working on local climate solutions together and I know there's no great technical barrier to reducing emissions and adapting to rising sea-levels. The barriers are political and social yet human creativity is a limitless resource and now is the moment to use that to our best ability. I bring passion, a sense of purpose and science-based policy for climate justice in Taieri.
About me
I've been at the frontline of climate and social justice efforts for years now, learning what works and what doesn't. I grew up on a farm where you can't just whistle up help. I find practical solutions to even the most complex problems. I've recently overseen the construction of NZ's first climate safe house and have a wealth of community and industry experience in getting things done. I am passionate about finding sustainable and equitable solutions to include all communities in Taieri.
Party list rank
13
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Manager
Place of residence
Waitati
Age
51
2017 Result
Did not stand
14
Kyle MacDonald
Kyle MacDonald
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Epsom electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Advocate for improved public transport, including light rail and cycle ways so as to reduce congestion and ease commutes. Continue to advocate for health services for all, including improved access to mental health and addictions treatment. To protect our natural spaces, parks and waterways including our mature native trees.
Why I’m running
Inequality is a primary driver of our growing mental health struggles. For the last 10 years I have advocated publicly for improved access to mental health and addiction services, including initiating the 2016 "People's Mental Health Review" with Mike King and Action Station. As a Green MP I want to continue this advocacy work, to help mitigate the effects of inequality and climate change on our collective mental health.
About me
I grew up on the North Shore, and lived my adult life in Auckland. My partner and I have two daughters aged nine and six, and I am a Trustee on the Board of the Balmoral School. I'm also a psychotherapist, with over 20 years clinical experience, and am passionate about improving access to mental health and addictions treatment. For the last five years I've written a mental health column for the NZ Herald, and co-hosted the mental health radio show "The Nutter's Club" on NewstalkZB.
Party list rank
14
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Psychotherapist and broadcaster
Place of residence
Mount Eden
Age
45
2017 Result
Did not stand
15
Lourdes Vano
Lourdes Vano
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Manurewa electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Advocate for increased funding for accessible mental health care (especially for our youth). Advocate for higher quality state housing. Advocate for higher police accountability.
Why I’m running
For too long politics (and politicians) have been separated from the very people they are meant to serve. People who look like me are the least likely to engage and feel heard, and the longer we leave it, the worse it becomes. Māori and Pasifika are on the front lines of the climate crisis, the housing crisis, etc. I'm running to try and bring those voices to the front lines of politics, where they belong.
About me
I'm a strong believer in the fact that nothing can be changed in parliament without the voice of the people. I've been heavily involved with grassroots movements fighting against racism here in Aotearoa and that is what I am proudest to be doing. Highlighting systemic issues that disproportionately affect black, indigenous and POC communities is exactly the kind of work I want to continue if I get into parliament.
Party list rank
15
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Front of house at Tart Bakery
Place of residence
Owairaka
Age
18
2017 Result
Did not stand
16
John Ranta
John Ranta
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Ōhāriu electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Fix transport so we can get in and out of the city, lessen commuter traffic pressure, and decrease our carbon emissions. Protect our native species and increase access to green spaces because we value that about life in our electorate. Grow sensibly and sustainably, we need more affordable, quality housing that meets the needs of people and the planet.
Why I’m running
I need to be able to look my daughters in the eye and say we did our best to leave them a planet and society that's worth bringing their own children into.
About me
I am running as a candidate for the Green party asking you to party vote Green. A party vote for the Greens is a vote to go further and faster protecting our planet and supporting our communities. It's a vote to do everything in our power to stop and reverse climate change, to protect our unique wildlife and landscape, and ensure everyone has access to what they need to live a good life. Party vote Green on September 19.
Party list rank
16
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
IT small business owner
Place of residence
Wadestown
Age
46
2017 Result
Did not stand
17
Lawrence Xu-Nan
Lawrence Xu-Nan
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Pakuranga electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Increase the availability and affordability of public transport to reduce traffic congestion and emissions. Support and invest in community based projects to restore and protect our natural areas and reduce waste. Have more community spaces and events that reflect the diversity of my electorate.
Why I’m running
I am standing as a candidate because I want to elevate the voices of our migrant communities. Immigrants make up a huge percentage of Aotearoa, yet their needs are not currently being met as a result of a lack of representation in parliament. I would also like to foster a better relationship between our migrant population and tangata whenua, because only when we start looking after each other, can we be unified in addressing our biggest challenge, which is climate change.
About me
As a Chinese migrant, and one who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, I am able to relate to the issues and challenges facing the Chinese community for both permanent and temporary migrants. I also have a good understanding of the flaws and challenges within our international education industry and tertiary education system, since I work with international students and have worked in the tertiary education sector for over a decade.
Party list rank
17
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Compliance manager
Place of residence
Mt Wellington
Age
33
2017 Result
Did not stand
18
Luke Wijohn
Luke Wijohn
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Mt Albert electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society. End poverty and prioritise well being through strong funding of all services so that everyone can thrive. Conserve, restore and protect our natural taonga.
Why I’m running
Leading 80,000 people at the Auckland School Strikes 4 Climate made me realise that our country and our people want action on climate change. It made me realise that where we were lacking the guts to fight the climate, poverty, and ecological crisis wasn't on the ground, but in parliament. It was then that I decided to run, to get as many party votes Green as possible. Because I know, that as coalition partners, the Greens can push labour to go further and faster to fight for our futures.
About me
He uri tēnei no Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Rarawa, me Ngāpuhi. In any caucus, in any government, you need a diversity of perspectives to get sound decision making. The Green party and I, bring those perspectives. I am not trying to unseat Jacinda, we love working alongside her. I'm here to get party votes for the Greens so we can push the government she leads to be more progressive, and to take climate change and poverty seriously. Ka whawhai tonu matau, ake, ake, ake.
Party list rank
18
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Cook, student, and activist
Place of residence
Westmere, in the electorate
Age
18
2017 Result
Did not stand
19
Kaya Sparke
Kaya Sparke
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rotorua electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
19
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
20
Jack Brazil
Jack Brazil
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Dunedin electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Overhaul our punitive welfare system to allow people to thrive, not barely survive. Welfare is healthcare. To ensure warm, dry and accessible housing are the standard, to guarantee we all can live well and prosper. Support community initiatives that strengthen local autonomy in food supply and distribution for healthy living.
Why I’m running
We are currently living through a climate and ecological crisis New Zealand politicians are failing to connect to our social crisis of inequality and poverty. I stand for proactive politics of accountability that brings real solutions. Connecting the dots of climate justice is crucial, affirming indigenous sovereignty and recognising the interconnection of social and environmental harm being at the core of capitalism. I'm standing to protect the land, water and air for future generations.
About me
I grew up in a solo mother household, enduring first-hand the punitive nature of our welfare system following the neoliberal reforms of the '80s and '90s. Inspired by my mother, I studied law and psychology informing my politics. This saw me get involved in grassroots organising and activism taking direct action against people and companies harming Papatuanuku. I value centring indigenous rights in climate justice movements and ensuring those affected by policies are at the core of decision making processes.
Party list rank
20
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Community organiser and activist
Place of residence
Ōtepoti
Age
26
2017 Result
Did not stand
21
James Crow
James Crow
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Napier electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
We're leading the way to move Aotearoa towards the clean energy solutions that will power us safely into the future. We're thinking ahead to truly tackle the challenges we face as a community. A guaranteed minimum income of $325 per week for students and people out of work, no matter what.
Why I’m running
For 15 years I have worked in my own business, created jobs to dozens of people and seen what a difference an ethical, compassionate approach can have for people and planet. I believe the Green party has these same aspirations and they have shown me they have a willingness to tackle the tough issues with only eight MPs. They have achieved more for the environment in the past three years than the previous 30 years of governments combined. I am running to see more Green MPs in parliament.
About me
Although I am the Green candidate for Napier I am not seeking your candidate vote. My job, like that of the Green party, is to spark new ideas and discuss any community concerns for the future of our environment, our people and our communities. The Green party has achieved a lot in our first three years in government, but we now need to go further and faster to create a better future for all New Zealanders. Ngā mihi.
Party list rank
21
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Social entrepreneur and father of two
Place of residence
Ahuriri
Age
39
2017 Result
Did not stand
22
Elliot Blyth
Elliot Blyth
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Green Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
After working with politicians during School Strike for Climate last year, I saw first-hand just how important it is to have strong Green representation in parliament: It's the only chance we have at building a stable climate for future generations. I'm running to up the party vote for the Greens.
About me
I've got a wide range of experience working with activism groups, NGOs and more. Studying toward a BSc Environmental Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, I believe that I've got the experience needed. I see my age not as a barrier, but as an asset as youth representation is of paramount importance.
Party list rank
22
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Student
Place of residence
Ōtepoti / Dunedin
Age
19
2017 Result
Did not stand

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23
Richard McIntosh
Richard McIntosh
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Hutt South electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
23
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
24
Gerrie Ligtenberg
Gerrie Ligtenberg
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rangitata electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Good social support so every person in my electorate can have enough to live on, a decent home and a secure future. Reduce the use on farms of chemicals and fossil fuel based products in particular to save our drinking water. Improve public transport, create safe cycle ways and support small community building organisations.
Why I’m running
I have rallied for social justice, peace and caring for the environment since I was a teenager so standing for the party that champions all these issues is a natural choice.
About me
I have lived and worked in this community for the past 15 years as an aged care nurse. I felt privileged to enter the houses of my aged care community and work with them to find the best support for their independent living. My communication skills, governance experience in various roles and work for the Green party combined with my life experience would all enhance my role as possible MP.
Party list rank
24
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Registered nurse
Place of residence
Temuka
Age
67
2017 Result
Did not stand
25
Moea Armstrong
Moea Armstrong
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Whangārei electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Ensure a guaranteed minimum income of $325 a week for each person over 18 to alleviate poverty in Whangārei. Halve our carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 to stay within the agreed international safe level. Create jobs in renewable energy, clean public transport and environmental restoration to rebuild economy post-Covid.
Why I’m running
I'm standing in Whangārei to try to get as many party votes as possible for the Greens: it's the party vote that determines the make-up of the next government. More Green MPs mean more leverage for the needs of people and planet. Green ministers can drive a post-Covid reset that acts faster to tackle the climate emergency, and goes further to address the inequality that holds all of us back.
About me
I have lived in Whangārei for 32 years, and been an active member of the Green Party for 20 years. I was in the party's leadership team for four years as female co-convenor. My core beliefs align with the party's charter: commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ecological wisdom, social responsibility, appropriate decision-making, and non-violence. I have also been active in the Pakeha Tiriti and anti-racism educators network for 30 years.
Party list rank
25
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Manager, Citizens Advice Bureau
Place of residence
Onerahi
Age
63
2017 Result
Did not stand
26
Nikki Berry
Nikki Berry
Green Party
My local priorities
Rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society. Eradicate poverty and prioritise well being through adequate funding of all services so that everyone can live well. Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our natural areas, reduce waste, and care for our land.
Why I’m running
Our vision for a society that cares for all people, and for nature, is both realistic and possible. The government must protect people and planet. For too many years, greed and lack of vision have eroded these protections and people have lost hope. I want people to understand that under our MMP system, a party vote for the Greens is the way to shape the government to reflect our shared values. The more Green MPs we have in parliament, the more transformative our government will be.
About me
I am a professional musician, who loves to spend time in nature, ride my bike, make pottery, grow food and spend time with my grand-children. I've lived in this area for over thirty years. I wish everyone had the choices I have. To enjoy their work, to live in a clean, warm, dry home, and spend time in nature. I am a candidate for the Greens because I believe that having Greens in government is the only way to ensure everyone can live a good life, and that nature and future generations thrive.
Party list rank
26
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Musician, conductor and arranger
Place of residence
North Beach
Age
56
2017 Result
3rd in Waimakariri
27
Rimu Bhooi
Rimu Bhooi
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Hamilton East electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Future-proof our infrastructure, industries and communities as we transition to a thriving and fair carbon-zero society. Prioritise well being and harm reduction through adequate funding of all services so that we can all live with dignity. Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our unique natural areas, and care for the whenua.
Why I’m running
I've experienced first-hand the broken systems of Aotearoa. I've had to fight to access the basics: healthcare, housing and education. I'm running to better represent my communities in parliament; the life long renters, the struggling students and the people rising up to fight the status quo. The Greens know Aotearoa and its people can thrive when we have the right support, and I'm prepared to voice our needs, your needs, and get the ball rolling.
About me
I have a history of volunteering and activism, and bring a huge range of lived experiences to any table, from supporting indigenous sovereignty and climate justice movements, to leadership roles in my communities. I've been a minimum wage worker for retail, customer service, hospo, and managed campaigns and advised on social media. As a queer, disabled young woman of colour, I know that the system is built against us. I'm here to enact as much change as I possibly can; for all of us.
Party list rank
27
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Tertiary student
Place of residence
Hamilton East
Age
20
2017 Result
Did not stand
28
Zephyr Brown
Zephyr Brown
Green Party
My local priorities
Ensure Kaipara harbour has the strongest protect possible with freshwater farm plans and national environmental standards. Push for zero food and e-waste in landfills, using clear waste management obligations for businesses and local authorities. Advocate for investment in clean public transport for Kaipara ki Mahurangi to reduce congestion on our motorways.
Why I’m running
I am running as a candidate in Kaipara ki Mahurangi in order to promote the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand and its principles of ecological wisdom, social responsibility, appropriate decision-making, and non-violence. I believe that a strong Green presence in a coalition Government is the best way of ensuring that we have a healthy environment, sustainable economy, and equitable society for future generations to enjoy.
About me
I was born and raised in Oratia, west Auckland. My mother was from Rotorua (Ngāti Whakaue) and my father is from Tonga. I have a large and diverse whanau of Māori, Tongan, and Fijian relatives. I am the C.O.O. of ICG, 30-year-old media company employing 110 staff. I have extensive business management experience and a belief that in business, sustainability leads to success. There is no waste in nature and there should be no waste in our businesses, economy or society. We need to think ahead and act now.
Party list rank
28
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Chief Operating Officer, ICG
Place of residence
Ti Point, Auckland
Age
49
2017 Result
Did not stand
29
Alan Clay
Alan Clay
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Whanganui electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Support the Legalisation and Control of Cannabis referendum to take this medicine out of the hands of criminals. Community Building: Whanganui is a creative community and the Greens will strengthen this by supporting community arts. Our Poverty Action plan provides a guaranteed minimum income of at least $325 a week with extra support if you need it.
Why I’m running
I'm running because this is a crucial election which will shape our country for decades to come. We are at a watershed moment where we can re-envision the way we live together and set in place a new strong basis for the nation's growth over those decades. The Green party is best paced to lead this work because we think of tomorrow and act now to achieve the best outcomes.
About me
I've worked in community arts my whole career, fostering self-expression, adaptability, teamwork and trust... qualities which have been brought strongly to the fore by the crises we have experienced as a country in the past few years. These crises have brought us together as a nation, strengthening our adaptability and teamwork. My community arts work has taken me around the world, working with people across all walks of life, which has taught me that we are each unique and to value each person.
Party list rank
29
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Writer/director
Place of residence
Durie Hill
Age
65
2017 Result
Did not stand
30
Josh Cole
Josh Cole
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Tauranga electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Climate change. I worry about my kids' future. Successive governments have ignored it. The Greens won't. There's proof already. Healthy nature. Lockdown showed us how important it is. Less pollution, more support for DoC. We thrive when nature does. Equality for all. Address systemic racism, a strong safety net, +++. Greens will change things for ALL for the better.
Why I’m running
I am asking for your Green Party vote. The Greens want to go harder and faster for both people and the planet's future. But successive governments have risked that by solely focusing on GDP and neglecting people and planet. Covid-19 affected all, but not equally. It also showed how weak our baseline services are and how inequality reinforces the inability all of us to face our biggest challenges. The Greens will ensure we do not slip back into that system and instead initiate a resilient renewal.
About me
I am a father of 2 autistic children, which has meant that I have needed to change tack and become self employed to achieve a more flexible lifestyle. I grew up in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges, where I fell in love with nature. From there I joined the Greens, where I have learnt that to achieve good outcomes for people, the economy and the environment, you need to take all 3 into account at the same time in every decision you make. The Greens do this although it is not always fully understood.
Party list rank
30
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Landscape gardener/lawnmower
Place of residence
Poike / Windermere
Age
40
2017 Result
Did not stand
31
Danna Glendining
Danna Glendining
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Taupō electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Greater support for those with high levels of deprivation. More protection for indigenous floral and fauna. More public and alternative forms of transport.
Why I’m running
I have supported the Green party for almost 30 years. The Green party needs to be represented in the Taupō electorate in order to secure as many party votes as possible and have the greatest possible number of members of parliament.
About me
I am standing to support the Green party's party vote. I have lived in Taupō for 15 months. I have a long history of activism: for rural social issues, women's and green issues.
Party list rank
31
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Community worker
Place of residence
Hilltop, Taupo
Age
76
2017 Result
Did not stand
32
Pamela Grealey
Pamela Grealey
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Coromandel electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society. Eradicate poverty and prioritise well being through adequate funding of all services so that everyone can live well. Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our natural areas, reduce waste, and care for our land.
Why I’m running
I believe we should work to support the protection of our whenua and represent the economic and social benefits of investment in our diverse communities to government. There are alternatives to move forward without irreparably damaging the environment. We are living through a key moment in history, and I'd love to represent the Green party in our local electorate to get this message out to our community and to help make this a reality.
About me
I live in Kapanga/Coromandel Town, and am actively engaged in our local community, through my various roles as a business advisor and mentor, a community development worker at Colville Social Service Collective and as a passionate volunteer at the Coromandel Town recycling centre and refuse transfer station. I'm also a small business owner who believes that to be successful in the new normal, all businesses must be socially and environmentally responsible.
Party list rank
32
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Business owner
Place of residence
Coromandel Town
2017 Result
Did not stand
33
Chrys Horn
Chrys Horn
Green Party
My local priorities
Get everyone into warm, dry homes. Develop an effective and highly efficient public transport system that helps Christchurch move easily and well. Get the NZ economy back on its feet by creating Green jobs and setting ourselves and our children up for a better future.
Why I’m running
I really want to see a strong Labour-Greens government in the next term so that we can get bolder action to look after both our people and our planet at this critical time.
About me
My background is in grassroots community and environmental work. I build community to help create a world we want to see. Doing this work has given me experience in working with political processes and also a good knowledge of the social and ecological systems within which we all live. It also means I'm good at looking for and using opportunities that arise.
Party list rank
33
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Community researcher
Place of residence
Halswell, Christchurch
Age
56
2017 Result
3rd in Selwyn
34
Dan Jones
Dan Jones
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for East Coast Bays electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Fully fund the ambulance service. Currently it is run as a charity with partial government funding. Work with local councils to enable solutions to provide swimmable beaches with minimal runoff into the Hauraki Gulf. Better traffic solutions at Glenvar Road.
Why I’m running
I'm running for the Greens because we want to apply science and informed policy to the challenges New Zealand will face in the future. We're seeing with Covid-19 that the laws of physics and biology don't respond well to bluster and spin, but there are also positive lessons about what works. Science matters, people will work together for change if they are treated like adults, and some problems require the government to lead. We want to apply these lessons to New Zealand's future challenges.
About me
I'm a scientist, a father, and a husband. I work at Plant and Food Research on plants and plant diseases, working on high-value horticulture and genomics. I lectured at the University of Auckland, completed my PhD in Melbourne, and have worked in biological sciences for 20 years. I'm also an experienced white-water kayaker who has paddled many of the most challenging rivers in Aotearoa.
Party list rank
34
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Scientist
Place of residence
Mt Albert
Age
44
2017 Result
7th in Auckland Central
35
Richard McCubbin
Richard McCubbin
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Kaikōura electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Work with farmers and wine growers to move to a regenerative or organic model which is truly sustainable. Protect all our rivers but especially the Hurunui River which is one of the few unspoilt braided rivers in the country. Help get rid of the massive tyre dump in Amberley which is an environmental disaster waiting to happen.
Why I’m running
I believe that there never has been a more important time to Party Vote Green. I am running to spread the Green message far and wide, to increase the number of Green MPs in parliament so we can form part of a progressive Green/Labour coalition with a bold programme for environmental and social justice. A powerful motivator for me is that I now have two grandchildren, and it is my and your responsibility to strive to protect the future of the planet for them and all the world's children.
About me
I have lived and worked as a GP in the small rural community of Waikari since 1986. I have met and spoken to thousands of rural New Zealanders in and out of the surgery, and understand the many challenges they face. The Hurunui is a very special place to live in, and I strongly believe we have to protect its rivers, mountains and land for our children and grandchildren. This is my second run as a Green candidate and I am firmly committed to the principles of the Green Charter.
Party list rank
35
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Rural General Practitioner
Place of residence
Waikari
Age
68
2017 Result
4th in Kaikōura
36
Chris Norton
Chris Norton
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Remutaka electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our natural areas, reduce waste, and care for our land. Rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society. Eradicate poverty and prioritise well being through adequate funding of all services so that everyone can live well.
Why I’m running
Covid-19 changed everything. It's the latest of ever more humans breaking the natural world, and it spread fast. We reacted fast. But it is past time for fast action on the climate crisis. With Greens in government there was finally real climate action. I believe A-NZ is well placed to protect our planet, people, and living taonga. But we need progressive, intentional leadership with plans for what we face, and the goals of healthy nature, fairer communities and a clean economy. I support that.
About me
I've lived in Naenae and worked at WelTec for nearly a decade. I have been on climate marches, campaigns against so-called free trade deals, run for Hutt City Council, made submissions to council and parliament on the need for robust climate action, and regularly use public transport. I am a predator trapper, and a regular litter-picker-upper: I've logged 33k+ pieces from the Hutt in 1 year; yes, our rubbish is a problem! I believe everything we do to help our natural world makes a difference.
Party list rank
36
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Senior advisor at WelTec/Whitireia
Place of residence
Naenae, Lower Hutt
Age
51
2017 Result
Did not stand
37
Abe O'Donnell
Abe O'Donnell
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Selwyn electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Support farmers transitioning to organic plant production to ensure jobs remain after the food revolution. Embed civics education in schools and make 16 the minimum voting age to enhance democracy. Initiate a food subsidy and levy system so that less people get food-related chronic diseases.
Why I’m running
I am campaigning for the party vote to help return the Green party to government so we can reach an Aotearoa where everyone thrives, the climate is stable and nature is protected. Also, there are many jobs in our agriculture sector which are going to be impacted by the food revolution. To ensure jobs remain after this global consumer change, we need more Green MPs for the government to support a transition away from animal food towards plant food production.
About me
I am in my first year at the University of Canterbury where I am studying towards a bachelor of law and bachelor of arts, majoring in political science and international relations and minoring in nutrition. Although I am not aiming to be elected this year, I aspire to become an MP one day so that I can bring change which will see fewer people getting food-related chronic diseases and a series environmental and sustainability problems being mitigated.
Party list rank
37
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
High school student
Place of residence
Prebbleton
Age
18
2017 Result
Did not stand
38
Elizabeth Rawlings
Elizabeth Rawlings
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for North Shore electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Keep local beaches clean and safe for swimming, so that people can enjoy the natural environment for recreation. Improve public transport by introducing electric ferries and more bus services, to relieve traffic congestion. Encourage a green economic recovery, to create opportunities in education and employment, especially for young people.
Why I’m running
A disaster far worse than Covid-19 is fast approaching. I want the Government to acknowledge the effects of climate change and respond with appropriate action. Many young people from the North Shore have been involved in the School Strikes 4 Climate. I want to urge them to party vote Green in their first election. I am keen to engage with voters in this electorate on policy issues, particularly around the climate crisis, economic policy and education, all of which are inextricably linked.
About me
For the past ten years, I have been privileged to live in one of the most beautiful areas of Aotearoa – the North Shore. I have a degree in political studies, and have worked in education, publishing and e-learning. I was on the Takapuna Grammar School's PTA committee for seven years and have volunteered for NZ Sculpture on Shore, with funds going to support Women's Refuge. I have door-knocked and leafletted for the Green party and edit the Auckland Green events weekly newsletter.
Party list rank
38
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Learning designer and editor
Place of residence
Devonport, Auckland
Age
58
2017 Result
Did not stand
39
Stephen Richards
Stephen Richards
Green Party
My local priorities
A strong Green government is essential to ensure climate change action. Clean energy and transport are the future. Social responsibility: post-Covid-19 we must transform the economy to ensure a more equitable distribution of wealth. The natural environment of Aotearoa is unique and needs our care and protection. The fund for nature is a great start.
Why I’m running
I'm standing for an Aotearoa where equality and justice are commonplace. Where we all have access to warm safe homes and where our children, and theirs, are well fed and healthy. Where we can play in rivers that are drinkable and hear bird song in the bush. I understand the urgency to act to decarbonise our economy to lessen the effects of Climate change. Food security and clean energy are vital. What we do now creates our future. I want to look ahead but act now to create a Green Transformation.
About me
Kia ora koutou. I was born in Nelson and was lucky to enjoy my childhood on a farm in the Maruia Valley. Since 1991, my wife Judy, our children – and now our grandchildren – and I have called Tasman village our home. Together, we created the Jester House café, a business built on values of positive community, environmental awareness and economic sustainability. I understand first-hand the skills and hard work required to run a successful small business. I'm determined to be a good ancestor.
Party list rank
39
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Imagineer at Jester House cafe
Place of residence
Tasman Village
Age
57
2017 Result
Did not stand
40
Mark Simiona
Mark Simiona
Green Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
40
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
41
Aaron Stallard
Aaron Stallard
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Nelson electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Revitalise central Nelson via high-density housing and pedestrianisation as an amazing place to live, work, and play. Transform Nelson's transport network to ensure cycling/walking and public transport are the best options for all. Prioritise community developments that are consistent with our low-carbon, people-friendly future.
Why I’m running
I'm standing for the Greens in Nelson because it has become apparent that everyday people must drive the changes needed to ensure thriving communities, healthy nature, and sustainable systems that enhance the prospects of our children and their children. The problems posed by inequality and environmental degradation, including climate change, require us all to stand and make our voices heard. I believe in a vision that respects all life and protects our ecosystems now and far into the future.
About me
I grew up in a solo-mother household with two sisters, in a state house in Nelson. I have a PhD in geology and have worked in the UK, Australia, and Japan. In 2006 I started a scientific editing business that employs 35 staff and serves clients worldwide. My background, from depending on social support and then moving beyond that and working as a research geologist with knowledge of Earth's natural systems, has shaped my values and led me to work toward social and environmental justice.
Party list rank
41
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Geologist/scientific editor
Place of residence
Nelson South
Age
49
2017 Result
Did not stand
42
Darleen Tana Hoff-Nielsen
Darleen Tana Hoff-Nielsen
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Northland electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Fix the basics around infrastructure: housing, water, communications, local governance processes. Empower community resilience in face of further climate change challenges: food, water, homes, health, energy, comms. Enable opportunities for circular economic models that rejuvenate the mauri of land, water, and community.
Why I’m running
I'm standing in this election for the Green party because they are the only party that shares that same boldness of attitude to do something new, innovative and bring a better future forward for all people in New Zealand. Covid-19 exposed the cracks in our economic and welfare systems. But it also showed us how much we can achieve when we all work together. By thinking ahead and acting now, we can reset our relationships with each other and with our environment.
About me
Born and raised in Northland, I came back to Aotearoa in 2014 after an OE lasting 17 years in Brussels, Belgium where I worked in corporate telecommunications. Since returning, my husband and I have built our specialist e-mobility company from scratch. Prior to leaving for overseas, I worked for several years as an environmental scientist for the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council specialising in waste, hazardous substances, and management of contaminated sites.
Party list rank
42
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Director
Place of residence
Auckland
Age
50
2017 Result
Did not stand
43
Ali Hale Tilley
Ali Hale Tilley
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rangitīkei electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Clean water Initiatives helping farmers with on-farm water storage, irrigation and run-off reduction. Sustainable jobs that focus on the environment, conservation, waste management, and sustainable building projects. Climate action that helps us reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve low carbon industry, and public transport.
Why I’m running
As the candidate for the Rangitīkei, I see important issues that face our area. I support clean water initiatives, allowing us to better cope with severe droughts, intense floods, and the shared use of fresh water. I believe that our clean energy plan will help local people equip their homes and businesses with clean energy alternatives. I also see the urgency of sustainable jobs that offer people in our area meaningful work, leading fairer more empowered communities.
About me
I have been a small business owner for 14 years. Having moved to Marton 3 years ago, I have developed a real affinity for this area's natural beauty, and community kindness. My core values and diverse life experiences have prepared me well to be an effective Green Party representative. I promote health and wellbeing to people on a daily basis daily, and this speaks well to the Green's vision of healthy nature and community wellbeing.
Party list rank
43
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Yoga Teacher, Company Director
Place of residence
Marton
2017 Result
Did not stand
44
Richard Wesley
Richard Wesley
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Wigram electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
A stable climate for future generations means clean energy and real transport choices for all. We all deserve safe, warm, and affordable housing, well resourced public services, and a strong social safety net. Care for Aotearoa's precious nature, to hear the dawn chorus in our forests and wildlife to thrive in the our rivers.
Why I’m running
I know that the Green party has a bold new plan for an Aotearoa where all of us have what we need to live good lives, and where our natural environment is protected for our kids and grandkids.
About me
I think that New Zealand is at a crossroads. The decisions we make now will determine what kind of planet we pass on to our grandchildren. Governments have known about the climate crisis for decades but have failed to take meaningful action, putting our future at risk. The Green party knows we need to act urgently and build on this progress, and we have a bold plan to support our communities and businesses into a more sustainable future.
Party list rank
44
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Project management consultant
Place of residence
Spreydon, Christchurch
Age
47
2017 Result
3rd in Wigram
Meredith Akuhata-Brown
Meredith Akuhata-Brown
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for East Coast electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Build homes for those that are currently on waiting lists and living rough on our streets or in vehicles. Create meaningful employment that has a focus on the individuals strengths and has a wrap around service that empowers. Ensure climate change actions are priorities for all decision makers and industry within the region.
Why I’m running
I believe I was born for such a time as this! Having served my community for much of my life as a strong advocate for social justice and human rights I believe I need to be a the governance table in Parliament to share what I have learnt and ensure the voice of the community I represent is not just heard but understood. I believe in making a stand and challenging the status quo and ensuring the next generations have a better future because decision makers had integrity and were held accountable.
About me
I was born in Turanganui a Kiwa and have lived here all my life. I am married to Jason and we have three amazing young adults. Much of my life experience is in social/youth work and community development. I am currently a third term district councillor and two term health board member. I have been involved in school boards and community boards of governance also. I am an advocate for those that live in the margins and who often feel they don't have a voice at the decision making tables.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Gisborne District Councillor/TDH
Place of residence
Awapuni
Age
49
2017 Result
Did not stand
David Bennett
David Bennett
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Ilam electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society. Eradicate poverty and prioritise well being through adequate funding of all services so that everyone can live well. Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our natural areas, reduce waste, and care for our land.
Why I’m running
I want to help the Green Party get back into government as a coalition partner with Labour. I believe New Zealand needs to move further, faster to rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society.
About me
I have lived in Canterbury since 1996 and have been an active member of the community in a range of roles. I have a wealth of business experience both in New Zealand and overseas. I have also had leadership and volunteer roles in community organisations.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Leadership coach and facilitator
Place of residence
Lyttelton
Age
53
2017 Result
Did not stand
Sylvia Boys
Sylvia Boys
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Tāmaki electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Address climate change: our beautiful waterfront is at risk, we already have significant flooding events. Traffic: creating alternative safe travel options frees up roads and flows, less emissions, positive health effects. Enhance our spectacular natural environment, swimmable beaches, waterways, trees, plants, parks, pest control,.
Why I’m running
I am aware we are running out of time to make the significant changes required to minimise the most devastating impacts of climate change. This is not a legacy we can or should pass onto our children. Our collective inaction is already harmful to our next generation, robbing them of a sense of optimism about their future. My generation grew up in the shadow of the nuclear arms race – so I believe it is fundamentally wrong to subject our children and young people to an equal existential threat.
About me
I am an emergency medicine specialist working at Middlemore Hospital, as well as having population health qualifications. My daily work involves seeing the adverse health effects of inequity on an individual level, and often at an untreatable stage of illness. I have realised that we need societal reform to address these issues, and New Zealand as a whole cannot thrive, unless everyone is enabled to reach their full potential.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Emergency medicine specialist (Dr)
Place of residence
Meadowbank
Age
49
2017 Result
Did not stand
Sue Cowie
Sue Cowie
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Papakura electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
Natasha Fairley
Natasha Fairley
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Northcote electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Improve animal welfare with stronger regulations and better enforcement. Improve education for children including focusing on life skills such as budgeting, healthy eating, and mental health. Create better tax regulations that target multinational corporations.
Why I’m running
I want to help New Zealanders become more engaged and interested in politics and policies. To help encourage people to become more educated about how important their voice and vote is. Help show people that engagement with politics, including even just understanding how systems work and what parties actually stand for, is so important.
About me
My grandmother and mother grew up in Northcote central. My siblings and I attended Northcote College and I believe Northcote's diversity is what makes it brilliant. I am open and transparent. I believe deflecting questions is far too common in politics. Politicians should be accountable and provide positive outcomes to the community they represent. I strongly believe our environment and ecosystems need urgent care and support. I am passionate about improving animal welfare in New Zealand.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Lawyer
Place of residence
Ponsonby
Age
31
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Rochelle Francis
Rochelle Francis
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Invercargill electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society. Eradicate poverty and prioritise well being through adequate funding of all services so that everyone can live well. Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our natural areas, reduce waste, and care for our land.
Why I’m running
We all understand that nature needs our care now more than ever before. That's why I'm encouraging people to party vote Green and protect this Aotearoa that we all love and treasure. I'm motivated by love for my children and a desire, at the end of my life, to leave the world a little better than how I found it.
About me
I'm an enrolled barrister and solicitor and passionate advocate for vulnerable people. For a decade Invercargill has been home to me and my two children, and I have worked for a variety of private, public and community organisations in professional, voluntary and governance roles. I have a deep understanding of my community along with a genuine care and concern for its members.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Organic market gardener newbie
Place of residence
Glengarry, Invercargill
Age
37
2017 Result
Did not stand
Jessamine Fraser
Jessamine Fraser
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Kelston electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society. Eradicate poverty and prioritise well being through adequate funding of all services so that everyone can live well. Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our natural areas, reduce waste, and care for our land.
Why I’m running
I believe in a future for Aotearoa New Zealand, where people and planet thrive together. I want to work with and support our communities to create the change we need and want. As a housing advocate I want to see affordable quality housing that caters to the varying needs of whanau, and works with the natural environment rather than against. Affordable, accessible, and sustainable housing and communities are fundamental to an equitable and climate resilient future.
About me
Having made my home in West Auckland and the area around the Whau Awa, I share the concerns of the local communities about housing affordability and quality; the health of the awa and the Waitakere Ranges; sustainable, worthwhile jobs; workers' rights; and community well-being. My skills in collaborative design thinking, and interdisciplinary team co-ordination, enable me to work with diverse groups to both conceive and deliver resolutions to the interconnected issues we face together.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Sole practice architect
Place of residence
Glen Eden
Age
43
2017 Result
Did not stand
Scott Hindman
Scott Hindman
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Te Atatū electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Build fairer communities – with better wealth distribution and a guaranteed minimum income. We are a team. Support Healthy Nature – invest in saving our Kauri so we can get back into our beautiful bush. Create a clean economy – with better public transport options, bike lanes, solar panels and real climate action.
Why I’m running
I am stepping up to support and encourage a strong Green party vote in West Auckland. As a first time Green candidate I am not running with the goal of becoming an MP. The Greens have an incredible list of talented candidates that are more than ready to be MPs, and we need as many of them as possible in our next parliament. Please visit the Greens website and read about them. See our diversity and experience on offer. I want these people representing me and our country. Party vote Green!
About me
Kia ora koutou. I fell in love with the Waitākere Ranges as a teenager and have a strong connection to our environment, nature, animals and our community. I am 5th generation Pākehā with Scottish ancestry. I'm currently learning te reo Māori and I am deeply committed to the values of Te Tiriti. Being active in my community is important to me. I love helping out when needed, and finding ways to share my skills to support making our world a better place for everyone.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Freelance content creator for TV
Place of residence
West Auckland � Wait?kere
Age
45
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Pete Huggins
Pete Huggins
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Bay of Plenty electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Guarantee a respectable income of $325/week for all New Zealanders, funded through a modest tax on wealth over $1million. Make clean, cheaper renewable energy available to our community by government funding plus solar panels on state housing. Protect more of our ocean and sea life from exploitation by commercial fishing, while honouring manamoana and Treaty rights.
Why I’m running
People of the Bay of Plenty deserve the best representation from all political parties which is why I'm standing to raise the Party Vote for the Greens this election. I believe the Greens represent vital values for Aotearoa New Zealand like protecting our precious natural environment, supporting those who need help, and upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi, democracy, and human rights. I'm asking people to give their Party Vote to the Greens to make sure these values remain at the heart of government.
About me
I stand with the many New Zealanders concerned about environmental issues, especially climate change, and the need to look after all our communities through the test of Covid-19 and the greater challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. It was my great privilege to live and work in the Bay of Plenty for eight years before family ties brought me to Wellington. I have strong connections to the wider Bay of Plenty and want to see our varied communities, the economy and environment thrive.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
General manager
Place of residence
Wellington
Age
39
2017 Result
Did not stand
Dave Kennedy
Dave Kennedy
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Southland electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Increase the number of state houses. Southland has one of the lowest provision of social housing per head of population. Sustainable jobs. The impact of Covid-19 on the local tourist industry has been devastating. Improve water quality. The intensification of many farms has had a negative impact on our rivers and estuaries.
Why I’m running
The Southland region I live in is rich in resources and has a strong sense of community. However, it also has huge challenges in addressing environmental pressures and issue of equity, especially in housing. I want to help in developing a sustainable economy that supports all.
About me
My home is in Invercargill and I have lived in the Southland region for most of my life. I have a background in educational leadership at a national level and holds a number of governance roles in the local community, including chairing the committee for the Southern Farmers' Market and helping lead the development of a transitional museum and art gallery. I am involved in community housing and have leadership roles in local environmental groups.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Teacher and union leadership
Place of residence
Gladstone, Invercargill
Age
61
2017 Result
Did not stand
Sampsa Kiuru
Sampsa Kiuru
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Waitaki electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Lead the way on climate action to reduce carbon emissions. Establish school lunch programmes in our communities. Protect our indigenous biodiversity in Waitaki.
Why I’m running
I believe that Green party policies serve our rural electorate best. Collectively taking action now will provide future wellbeing for all New Zealanders.
About me
I am a father of three children, and I cherish the rural community and district I live in. My interests lie in health services, education, sustainable construction and transportation.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Rural hospital doctor
Place of residence
Clyde
Age
49
2017 Result
Did not stand
Bernard Long
Bernard Long
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Ōtaki electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Electrify rail from Wellington (Waikanae) to Palmerston North. Restore Lake Horowhenua and introduce regenerative horticulture in Horowhenua. Guarantee Minimum Income for my electorate and all of NZ.
Why I’m running
I am standing as the Green candidate because I am concerned about climate justice and social justice. We face persistent social justice challenges and more seriously, climate induced crises.
About me
My heritage compels me to speak up when something is clearly wrong, such as it is now. My practical social work and activism in relation to French nuclear testing, the Vietnam war, the 1981 Springbok tour and recently in Extinction Rebellion support this. To give you an idea of my socialist philosophy I am a strong proponent of a citizens assembly on climate and ecological justice, wealth tax and a pilot universal basic income program (UBI).
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Authorised financial adviser
Place of residence
Waitarere Beach Levin
Age
71
2017 Result
Did not stand
Ryan Nicholls
Ryan Nicholls
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Upper Harbour electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society. Tackle poverty and prioritise well being through adequate funding of all services so that everyone can live well. Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our natural areas, reduce waste, and care for our land.
Why I’m running
I'm standing in this election because I believe New Zealand needs urgent action on climate change and inequality. Decades of inaction have left us with limited time to combat the climate crisis. I want to see a sustainable, equitable future, where we as a society look after our environment and our people. I'm running in particular to represent young people, who have an important stake in the future of Aotearoa, but are so often denied a voice.
About me
I was born here on the Shore and I've lived here nearly my entire life. I was a student at Rangitoto College and more recently at the University of Auckland. I've always had a been interested in science and the natural world, and I've been working towards teaching science. I have first hand experience of what it's like to be a young person today and I believe I bring a unique perspective that is underrepresented in politics.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Student
Place of residence
Totara Vale
Age
21
2017 Result
Did not stand
Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati
Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Te Tai Tonga electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Advocate for the government to build many more state houses and generate options for iwi and community to build homes. Advocate for the government to raise benefits and the minimum wage to liveable levels. Extend the funding to community, business and iwi to generate sustainable jobs.
Why I’m running
I want to help the Green party of Aotearoa gain party votes and return to parliament as I believe the Green party of Aotearoa offers sound solutions to tackle poverty, homelessness, inequality and climate change.
About me
I have a Bachelors of social work and a diploma in business – Māori development. I have a background in community and service development and have worked in government, in not-for-profit organisations and for iwi/haapu. I have been involved in campaigns such as urging the government to build more state houses, end child poverty, stop the sale of state assets, indigenous rights and ending oil and gas exploration. I am committed to helping bring about social and environmental justice.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Director of a small business
Place of residence
Wellington
Age
54
2017 Result
Did not stand
Chris Perley
Chris Perley
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Tukituki electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Change from the industrial (cheap resource, cheap labour, short value chain, commodity, polluting) corporate strategy. Restore environmental function – climate change, biodiversity, water and soil. Integrate energy, transport, health and wellbeing, and environmental strategies to create a multitude of system mutualisms.
Why I’m running
I believe the world is on the cusp of a transformational change away from the framing of people and land as commercial 'resources' for the market to allocate. That neoliberal framing takes no account of the life-support functions of community and place upon which we all – including commerce – rely. That transformational change is now critical because loss/degradation of social and environmental function, not just in our climate, biota, water etc, but also in the decline of equity and democracy.
About me
My whole life and work is associated with the complexities of land, people and economies. I have worked in the field, in policy, philosophy, governance, strategy, research and education. I'm a researcher and writer on the complexities of life and place.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Researcher
Place of residence
Hastings, Hawke's Bay
Age
59
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Peter Sykes
Peter Sykes
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Māngere electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Advocate for decision making to involve those affected in the places that matter. Ensure that Ihumātao, as a real place and as a symbol of Māngere, is resolved in ways that honours the people and planet. Address the social and economic injustices that Māngere faces regarding income, housing and health.
Why I’m running
I believe that for NZ to be a thriving regenerative nation which offers social, environmental and economic justice we need a change in how we do things so that we can work together to build community wellbeing and community wealth. I believe that together we need to address the real issues and build local communities where our future generations are well and safe, in a place that we truly value our natural environment.
About me
I have been involved in social justice and community development my whole life, and in Māngere since 1990. I have been involved in all levels of leadership, and all aspects which wrap around the wellbeing and potential of ourselves, our family, our communities... health, education social services business and economic development. I learn for the place we stand and seek to weave together all aspects of the system to create a thriving Māngere.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
CEO of ME Family Services, Mangere
Place of residence
Mangere
Age
64
2017 Result
Did not stand
Celia Wade-Brown
Celia Wade-Brown
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Wairarapa electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
Lead climate change action supporting transport, building, industry and agriculture to urgently reduce emissions. Tackle inequality through adequate incomes, resources for education and more housing. Protect and enhance nature: marine reserves, pest animal and weed control and support for community initiatives.
Why I’m running
Our choices for post-Covid-19 recovery are critical for climate change action, protecting nature and tackling inequality. The Greens have inspiring policy and genuinely caring politicians. I'm standing to increase the Green party vote in the Wairarapa, to deliver a future our grandchildren can thrive in. I understand the need to work with local people, other parties and make decisions based on evidence.
About me
I have a breadth of life experience in teaching, IT, local government, practical conservation, participatory sport and community advocacy to offer. I believe that government investment is necessary to support healthy choices in housing, transport and education. I believe in collective support, individual creativity and a common view of a future free from racism, sexism and violence where our climate and natural environment are healthy.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Mayor of Wellington
Place of residence
Mangatārere Valley, Carterton
Age
64
2017 Result
Did not stand
Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Port Waikato electorate
Green Party
My local priorities
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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