Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson to stand for Tāmaki Makaurau

Marama Davidson announced today that she will again seek
the Green Party’s nomination for the Tamaki Makaurau seat
at the up and coming elections. And as Whatitiri Te Wake reports, in a speech delivered today
in Auckland, she’s ready for what’s ahead. The co-leader of the Greens
has made her decision. A seat she’s been vying
for six years (two general elections) and she says she’ll still
push the issues of the electorate. There are many issues
that I’ve supported for Maori, Ihumatao is one. I’m very proud of the protectors
at Ihumatao and I’ll continue
to support that cause. Carrying through the big issues she’s long advocated for such as those relating to whanau
and the environment. To restore the mauri
of our rivers and oceans. Providing appropriate housing
for every whanau, lifting pay for all whanau,
and looking after our children. This is the the third time Davidson
has raced for the Auckland seat and she has finished third
both times. It’s without a doubt
she has her work cut out for her, going up against Peeni Henare
who has held the seat for six years. It’s not a new aim of mine, Peeni is a good friend. We work well together
on Maori issues. So that relationship will continue. Also, at the centre of all she does, is the wellbeing of the planet, something she says
is pertinent to Maori. Maori are very active
in protecting the environment, since the beginning. Time will tell if Maori living
in Auckland will vote Green in the up-and-coming election. Whatitiri Te Wake, Te Karere.

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