Introducing our newest Green MP!

Thanks RusselYou’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

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).

10 Comments Posted

  1. Good to continue the Green practice of providing top notch MPs , to counter the braying laughter that comes from the PMs chair.

    Glad to have you.


  2. Kia ora koutou, Marama here.

    I just want to thank everyone for such supportive and humbling messages to both Russel and I. This is a huge honour and privilege and I thank you all and wish Russel well.

  3. Wow fantastic news Russel. Really fantastic. You will take great skills with you. Make sure your new role does not eat away at your family time too much.
    Please pass on our huge thanks to Marama for taking up the reigns. Ka mau te wehe, Awesome!!!
    A message for Marama. Kai ora Marama. Nga mihi nui ki a koe. Thank you so much for taking the seat. Take care. It is not an easy place but you have great friends in the Greens. Any time you get bowled sideways remember there are many wonderful Greens around the country supporting you.
    All the best, Nga whakaaro mahana ki koe, ki to whanau hoki. Ian and Ros Craven, Dunedin.

  4. Hi Russel, All the best in your new job with green peace. Remember that to make a real difference in climate change and human wellbeing we need to bring carbon dioxide back to earth from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. We need to change the way we manage soil to accelerate the movement of carbon transfer into the soil. Next time you are visiting Coromandel call me and I will show you.
    Hi Marama, Congratulations on your step up to the debating chamber where I wish you a happy and successful career.

    2628 A, Rings Road, Coromandel.

  5. Marama, you have been pro-active for many years for children, youth, women, poverty, non-violence and indigenous issues. A voice for the human rights of many people and inspiring a collective need for people to overcome injustice. I am so pleased that you’ve become the newest Green MP and I envisage your stance will inspire new ways of thinking and inclusion of indigenous values for the betterment of Aotearoa as well as the ecological and sustainability issues that we all need to put into action! Mā ngā Atua me ngā tūpuna tō wairua e whāngai! Can’t wait for the maiden speech!

  6. I had the privilege of finding out about the “Corps of Grandmothers” Ms Davidson was supporting when I was researching the costs of child poverty. I’m not a Green, but I think she will bring a great wisdom and compassion to Parliament. Congratulations on choosing an excellent Parliamentarian; good for your party, but even more important good for New Zealand.

  7. Times have changed since 1975 – when Labour had only 4 (male) MP’s, and National had Ben Couch in Wairarapa. At that time there were a similar number of female MP’s in the Aotearoa/NZ parliament, under the 1st-past-the-post electoral system. Hopefully Mr Russel Norman’s career change will do similar wonders for Greenpeace as his efforts for the NZ Green Party for so many years. Good luck Marama! Looking forward to hearing your maiden speech = may it be the first of many speeches in that Whare for you.

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