You’ve probably heard the news that Green MP and former Co-leader Russel Norman will be leaving Parliament at the end of October to take up the position of Executive Director at Greenpeace New Zealand.
With this end of an era comes an exciting new beginning – Marama Davidson, who is next on our party list, will come on board as our 14th MP.
Marama is a well-known political commentator and a mother of six from Manurewa, Auckland. Her expertise and commitment to social justice will be a huge asset to the Green Parliamentary team, as well as the modern, progressive voice for Māori political aspiration that she brings.
More info on Marama below:
Marama Davidson, 41
Ngāti Porou, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi
Marama Davidson lives in Manurewa, Auckland and has six children. She comes to Parliament after a ten year career at the Human Rights Commission.
Recently Marama worked part-time as the Chief Panelist for the Glenn Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Child Abuse.
Her involvement in the inquiry has placed violence at the forefront of her political radar.
Marama stood for the Green Party in the 2013 Ikaroa Rāwhiti by-election and then in Tāmaki Makaurau for the 2014 General Election.
She also has a powerful presence on social media where she blogs and writes about social justice, Māori politics and women’s rights.
Educational and vocational qualifications: BA and Graduate Diploma in International Diplomacy for Indigenous Studies.
Previous occupations: Green Party senior member support (social issues); Online Community Manager, Breastfeeding New Zealand (part-time contract with GSL Network, 2010-13); Advisor, Human Rights and Race Relations for the Human Rights Commission (2003-12); Youth Tutor, Te Rapunga O Poutama Work and Educational Trust (2001-03).