Green Party List features new female faces

Some notable new women feature well up the Greens list rankings for the November election.

The retirement of Jeanette Fitzsimons and Sue Bradford and the pending retirement of Sue Kedgley has made room for the very capable Cantabrian Eugenie Sage, the wonderful Wellingtonian Jan Logie and the accomplished Aucklander Denise Roche.

Of course, the inimitable Keith Locke has also announced his retirement at this election and the highest ranked new male face is the tireless environmental champion Steffan Browning.

Thus, the 2011 list completes the move to a second generation of Green MPs and as Metiria Turei noted:

It’s been a calm and organised evolution … (the Party is) driven by big ideas which endure rather than just big personalities which can come and go.

Eugenie Sage is a former regional councillor, while Jan Logie represented the Greens well in the recent Mana by-election. Denise Roche is another experienced local body politician while Steffan Browning has worked for many years promoting the organics sector and a GE-free NZ.

The list also includes a rising crop of younger candidates, led by recent Young Greens co-convenor and Lower Hutt candidate Holly Walker, Mt Roskill candidate Julie Genter, and Aaryn Barlow who will stand in Nelson.

The Green Party has ranked 30 candidates for the general election and has an additional 14 candidates currently confirmed to contest the party vote in November with more to come soon.

There’s more candidate information here
 
1 Metiria Turei

2 Russel Norman

3 Kevin Hague

4 Catherine Delahunty

5 Kennedy Graham

6 Eugenie Sage

7 Gareth Hughes

8 David Clendon

9 Jan Logie

10 Steffan Browning

11 Denise Roche

12 Holly Walker

13 Julie Anne Genter

14 Mojo Mathers

15 James Shaw

16 David Hay

17 Richard Leckinger

18 Aaryn Barlow

19 Jeanette Elley

20 Sea Rotmann

21 Michael Gilchrist

22 Dora Langsbury

23 David Kennedy

24 Tane Woodley

25 Joseph Burston

26 Mikaere Curtis

27 Shane Gallagher

28 Saffron Toms

29 Steve Tollestrup

30 Jack McDonald 

19 thoughts on “Green Party List features new female faces

  1. From a strategic viewpoint, is it really wise to have your highest ranked Aucklander at #11?

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  2. If the list was ranked by a small group of people in a smoky back room somewhere, then there may be more consideration given to strategic viewpoints. But that’s not how the Green Party does it.

    Democratic processes often produce results which are sufficient but lacking in some respects. But those who believe in democracy do so not just because they like the results but because they want a society that involves the most people and gives everyone a voice.

    This is the fundamental difference between MMP vs FPP. MMP is about involving everyone in a fair way while FPP is about getting stuff done (even if it is the wrong stuff, it gets done, dammit!). Democracy is not a business.

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  3. David Clendon (Auckland) is at 8. I’d personally like to see him higher but that is what the membership across the country voted for. It is partly because few Aucklanders were in the pool at the time of voting.

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  4. @Janine 10:39 AM

    Also, Metiria Turei and Kevin Hague, while not currently living in Auckland, have spend much of their adult lives living in Auckland. And Russel Norman lived in Auckland for several years too, so its not as though others high on the list are unconnected with Auckland and its issues.

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  5. It’s a great list. And great to know that the Greens will continue to bring in such good new talent to Parliament and most likely in increased numbers too.

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  6. Is it?
    Not sure if there is much ‘grass roots’ involved. Lot’s of rich liberal elite though.
    Not sure if it is a bad thing or not, but it is interesting.

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  7. I’d prefer to see Gareth Hughes higher. He’s been really impressive on transport issues. It would be brilliant to get him back into parliament after the election.

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  8. Not sure if there is much ‘grass roots’ involved. Lot’s of rich liberal elite though.

    Liberal sure, if you take that in the American sense, but who do you think is so rich? As for grass roots, who do you think the membership (and aren’t they the grass roots?) should have ranked higher?

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  9. shunda – when you say grass roots do you mean someone who exploits our temperate climate to make a capital gain?

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  10. @James:
    don’t follow your logic – Gareth at 7 is a shoe-in, we currently have 9 MP’s. He was lower in the 2008 list.

    @Shunda – grassroots is what you make it. Our YG’s are all involved in grassroots activism for issues that interest their generation. Perhaps not on your radar, however.

    @John-ston, you are trolling again.
    Why do you even bother when the facts are right in the post?
    Or have years of David Clendon posting on Auckland issues slipped past you?
    There will be plenty of Auckland campaigning from David Hay and Rick Leckinger, too.

    Well done the team who had to collate all the member input to come out with the final list, btw.
    Not an easy ask by any means.

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  11. Or have years of David Clendon posting on Auckland issues slipped past you?

    Even a ranking of 8 would be of concern (and yes, I did forget about Clendon being an Aucklander), when you consider that most of the other parties with a shot of getting back into Parliament will have an Aucklander in their top two, if not their top five.

    you are trolling again.

    I am not stirring crap for the sake of stirring crap, I am pointing out that there might be a strategic flaw by having your highest ranked Aucklander at a rank of #8.

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  12. john-ston – national radio must be trolling too.

    They had a discussion on the lack of Aucklanders on the Green Party list.

    To be fair, I get the feeling that the Green Party to more than most to get what they feel is the right balance of candidates – male/female ratios etc.

    Then of course that opens up the criticism of whether candidates are chosen for their talents, or their demographics.

    The glaring shortage for me is there seems to be few people from the private sector experience (even as an employee) or with any business or economic experience.

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  13. Photonz,

    You write: “The glaring shortage for me is there seems to be few people from the private sector experience (even as an employee) or with any business or economic experience.” Maybe this is so, maybe its even a weakness? If experience in the private sector is what you are looking for in candidates, you have plenty of choice amongst the other parties, and whats more, under MMP your vote will count equally whichever party you end up voting for … good isn’t it?

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  14. samiuela – the problem is that shortage of real-world private sector experience shows up when there are things like todays call by Russell for Kiwibank to take over the governments banking.

    Unfortunatelty that shows up lack on economic knowledge.

    Kiwibank has stated in the past they wouild like the contract, but they need large and continual growth for about a decade before they would have the ability to handle the governments banking.

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  15. He actually said that an increasing share of the contract should go to Kiwibank until it could take it all over.

    So that must indicate, by your standard, that he knew his topic and that policy formulation capability is something politicians develop by taking advice from a range of specialists from each area.

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  16. I suspect that the problem with Green business activities, locally or worldwide is that there is always the risk that if they advocate for public programme support they have a conflict of interest to declare.

    However the same sort of conflict of interest held by farmer MP’s (preventing nationwide water standards or supporting low minimum wages) or the standard business owner in politics to advocate for lower company tax rates (and low minimum wages) this is seen as part of … normal party politics …

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  17. [frog: Deleted. Without knowing any details, the allegations contained in this comment are potentially defamatory. Take it up directly with the parties concerned.]

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