April 05, 2023
Lyndon says list ranking tough test
Te Taitokerau Green Party candidate Huhana Lyndon says she’s honoured and surprised delegates ranked her at number eight on the party’s initial list.
The first-time candidate says all candidates were rigorously interviewed about their views and values before being ranked.
“This initial list that’s been advertised came from, I think, 144 odd delegates from across the country – who met with us, who went into wananga, who tested us… and heard our voice as candidates. Then they went back and they deliberated in their branches and provinces, and the draft list was provided through (a single transferrable vote) process,” Huhana Lyndon says.
If she holds that rank after overall membership voting, on current polling Ms Lyndon will be in Parliament – whether or not she wins Te Tai Tokerau.
Northland candidate Huhana Lyndon is at 8, one ahead of sitting MP Golriz Ghahraman, who drops down the ranking from her current 7.
Defeated Auckland mayoral candidate Fa’anānā Efeso Collins is at 12.
Green Party delegates have put four Māori in the top 10 of their first draft party list.
The list will now go out to members for consideration, with a final list expected in May.
On the most recent polling, the Greens could get 10 MPs.
The top spot goes to co-leader Marama Davidson ahead of James Shaw.
Dr Elizabeth Kerekere jumps from ninth to fourth, and Teanau Tuiono is at 6.