The Green Party today welcomes Auckland-based Marama Davidson as the Party’s newest MP and the fourth member of the party’s Māori caucus.
Ms Davidson will take on the Māori Development, Social Housing, Human Rights and Pacific Peoples portfolios, following a small reshuffle in the wake of former Co-leader Russel Norman’s departure.
Metiria Turei will now hold the National Intelligence and Security portfolio, as well as the Electoral portfolio. Kennedy Graham will take the Trade portfolio.
Of Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Porou descent Ms Davidson lives with her family in Manurewa and is a well-known political commentator who has recently finished 10 years with the Human Rights Commission.
“I’m looking forward to being a modern, progressive voice at Parliament for Māori political aspirations,” Ms Davidson said.
“After years working with grassroots organisations, I’m excited about the opportunity to help ensure that Government provides the support communities need to find their own solutions.
“I plan to be a passionate advocate for those who have been left out of the current Government’s plans for New Zealand.
“I’m particularly excited about the trust that the Green Party has placed in me to lift the party’s profile and work more closely with Pacific peoples,” Ms Davidson said.