Māori politicos remember former Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons

Maori leaders are mourning
the loss of former Greens Party
co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons. As Irena Smith reports, she’s remembered as a supporter
of iwi rights to the environment and their role in its preservation. An advocate for the environment
whose voice will be heard no more. I’m sad and it’s a sad time
for the family of Jeanette, as well as the Greens, the country, and the world over. She was that influential
in her work. In her years as an MP for Parliament
she was the spokesperson for the Greens
on issues like climate change, energy and treaty issues
where her support for Maori on various issues
was seen and heard. I remember her fondly especially her support
for Maori issues. Jeanette Fitzsimons was 75
when she died and she is survived
by two children. I was 16 when I first joined
the Green Party. She was one of my mentors. She taught me
what the Green Party stood for and also what the world of politics
was about. Green Party co-leader
Marama Davidson says her work helped to give the party
some credibility. And her belief in the issues
she held dear is one of the many reasons
many in the community trusted her. She believed that you couldn’t
look after the planet and also not care for people
and families. She said there was no difference
in the way you looked after the environment and the way to look after
your family. A lifetime of work she will
be remembered for for years to come. Irena Smith, Te Karere.

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