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Source: Green Party

The Green Party has released its list of candidates for the 2023 election.

With a mix of familiar faces, fresh new talent, and strong tangata whenua voices, this exceptional group of candidates are ready to set the direction of the next Government. 

“Now is the time for a Government that will take bold action to build a cleaner, fairer future for all of us. I am stoked that we are heading into the 2023 general election with such a strong group of candidates who will help us set the direction of the next Government,” says Green Party Co-leader, Marama Davidson. 

“It is an immense honour to stand alongside such a strong group of tangata whenua voices who bring with them a vast range of experiences, knowledge and skills. Over the last three years we have set out a plan through Hoki Whenua Mai to restore Māori landowners’ tino rangatiratanga and right to control their own land. 

“With more Māori Green MPs, we can push the Crown to uphold its promise to guarantee tino rangatiratanga of tangata whenua over their whenua, kainga and taonga katoa. Our message is simple: if people want a government that delivers that plan for Aotearoa, we need more Green MPs. Ko tēnei te wā,” Marama Davidson says. 

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw added:

“Only the Green Party will take bold action to cut climate pollution and build resilient communities where everyone has what they need to have food on the table, a safe place to call home, and live a good life,” says Green Party co-leader James Shaw. 

“I am delighted that we are heading into the general election with such a strong group of candidates that can set the direction of the next Government and deliver our plan to build a climate-friendly Aotearoa that works for everyone.

“2023 will be one of the most consequential elections we have had in decades. Climate pollution is not coming down fast enough. Far too many families are forced to pay through the roof to rent cold, damp, and unhealthy homes. And the distribution of this country’s wealth is completely out of balance.

“We can fix these things – but we need more Green MPs to do it. Entering Parliament after the election, will be an experienced Green Party Caucus that reflects Aotearoa’s priorities and will provide a strong voice for bold climate action, protecting nature, and ensuring everyone has a safe, warm and affordable place to call home. The time is now,” says James Shaw. 

The Green Party conducts the most democratic process of any political party to select its candidates for a general election. 

The list is a culmination of a two-step process. Green Party delegates voted on an Initial List. Delegates were members of the party who were selected by their local branches to attend a conference where they spent time hearing from candidates.

The initial list was put to a vote of all members of the Green Party, who were given the option to choose this initial list, or rank candidates in their preferred order. A group of Party representatives discussed and approved the list that has been published today. 

The Green Party’s list for the 2023 election is:

  1. Marama Davidson (list only)
  2. James Shaw (list only) 
  3. Chlöe Swarbrick (Auckland Central)
  4. Julie Anne Genter (Rongotai)
  5. Teanau Tuiono (Palmerston North)
  6. Lan Pham (Banks Peninsula)
  7. Golriz Ghahraman (Kelston)
  8. Ricardo Menéndez March (Mount Albert)
  9. Steve Abel (New Lynn)
  10. Hūhana Lyndon (Te Tai Tokerau)
  11. Fa’anānā Efeso Collins (Panmure-Ōtāhuhu)
  12. Scott Willis (Taieri)
  13. Darleen Tana (Tāmaki Makaurau)
  14. Kahurangi Carter (Christchurch Central)
  15. Celia Wade-Brown (Wairarapa)
  16. Dr. Lawrence Xu-Nan (Epsom)
  17. Francisco Hernandez (Dunedin)
  18. Benjamin Doyle (Hamilton West)
  19. Mike Davidson (Ilam)
  20. Stephanie Rodgers (Ōhāriu)
  21. Suveen Sanis Walgampola (Mount Roskill)
  22. Dave Kennedy (Southland)
  23. Gina Dao-McLay (Mana)
  24. Reina Tuai Penney (Northland)
  25. Nick Ratcliffe (Tukituki)
  26. Dr. Alexander McNeil (Kaikōrua)
  27. Richard Wesley (Wigram)
  28. Neelu Jennings (Hutt South)
  29. Rochelle Francis 
  30. Sapna Samant (Maungakiekie)
  31. Kair Lippiatt