April 03, 2017
Greens put faith in McDonald
Green MP Marama Davidson says the number of Maori high on the interim list shows the importance the party places on Maori politics in its long terms vision.
As well as co-leader Metitia Turei topping the list, Ms Davidson is at four, Jack McDonald is the fisrt of the non-MPs at nine and Denise Roche and David Clendon also come back to parliament if the Greens can crack 12 percent.
Ms Davidson says she's humbled by her interim ranking, and believes it shows members rate the issues she has championed like housing and human rights.
The fact 23-year-old Mr McDonald is the highest-placed non-MP on the list is testament to the respect members have for his political analysis.
"He actually joined the Green Party at 12 years old and he was politically lobbying from that age. He was chair of Paekakariki Local Board so he has been in this game and he has been making fantastic contributions to our strategic thinking, our planning, our political responses for many years now and our members know him," Ms Davidson says.
Members have six weeks to vote on the interim list.
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