October 19, 2020
Green Party win defies history
Greens co-leader Marama Davidson says the election result defied history and increases the party's firepower in parliament.
The Greens will come back with 10 seats, including Chloe Swarbrick holding Auckland Central.
Ms Davidson says the overall result shows the impact of more young people voting and more Māori enrolling and voting, including those who were for the first time able to enrol and vote on election day.
"For me it was clear our bold visionary plans for our people and our planet really made people want to make sure that the Greens not just return back to parliament but return stronger and that defies history for smaller political parties in their first term in government," she says.
Ms Davidson says the increase in the Greens' vote share means not only another wahine Māori in the caucus, psychotherapist Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, but also social justice and anti-poverty campaigner Ricardo Menendez-March and international climate change negotiator and indigenous rights advocate Teanau Tuiono.
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