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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

Has she received any advice, including the cost to ratepayers, on the 5 polls taking place on the establishment of Maori wards; if so, what was that advice?


Hon NANAIA MAHUTA (Minister of Local Government): No, I haven't received any specific advice about the cost of the five polls currently under way regarding Māori wards.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:30

The Green Party is renewing its call to remove the double standard that allows for referendum on the establishment of only Māori wards from law.

It has been confirmed that there will be referendum held during May in Palmerston North, Kaikoura, Manawatū, Western Bay of Plenty and Whakatane, which will likely overturn the decisions of those five districts council’s to establish Māori wards.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

Madam Chair, I rise with pleasure to support the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Bill.

Assistant Speaker - Poto Williams: I call Marama Davidson. Tēnā koe

MARAMA DAVIDSON (Green): Tēnā koe e te Māngai o te Whare. Huri noa ki ōku hoa kaimahi tēnā tātou katoa.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:26

The Green Party is disappointed that its Member’s Bill to enable better Māori representation in local government was voted down last night, but is vowing to continue its campaign to make it happen.

Marama Davidson’s Bill would have ensured that the establishment of Māori and general wards follow the same legal process. Currently, the establishment of Māori wards in local government can be put to a referendum, whereas general wards can’t be – they are decided by councils alone.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

This is a bill to improve Māori representation in local government—the Māori Local Electoral Amendment Bill. 



Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 11:39

The Green Party has today entered a Member’s Bill into the ballot that would make local government representation more equitable by ensuring that the establishment of both Māori and general wards on district and regional councils follows the same legal process.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 10:17

METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green): The Green Party is very pleased to support this bill to select committee. There is a great deal about it that we think is wise, most particularly the partnership relationship with Ngāti Paoa and their involvement in housing development as an iwi. We think this is the right kind of approach or at least the right kind of relationship to be taking with iwi around the country, as in Auckland, where iwi are directly involved in housing.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 16:03

The Green Party will today support the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquake Recovery Bill through Parliament, after the legislation was significantly improved during the Select Committee process, following pressure from the Green Party and others.

“We’d caution the Government to use the extraordinary powers in this Bill carefully and in partnership with communities to get quake- affected regions up and running again,” said Green Party civil defence spokesperson Jan Logie.

METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green): I just wanted to respond, just in brief, to the comments from the Hon David Parker. I accept that my Supplementary Order Paper 216 does take the bill backwards a step and that the bill is deliberate in removing the requirement for four-sided fencing and instead replacing that very clear and simple requirement with more of a performance-based standard.

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 00:00

The Green Party is congratulating all Green winners in the local body elections for 2016 after hard fought campaigns, and welcomes the first Pasifika Green Party Councillor in Dunedin.

In Wellington, City Councillors Sarah Free, Iona Pannett and David Lee were all re-elected, as was Wellington Regional Councillor Sue Kedgley. Lisa Bridson was re-elected to Hutt Eastern Ward & Capital and Coast DHB.

Dunedin City Council’s Aaron Hawkins and Marie Laufiso were successful, as was Brent Barrett in Palmerston North.