The rise of Marama Davidson

Marama Davidson has had a rapid rise in politics. She is now the second ranked Green MP, and has just been given the responsibility of heading the Green campaign against poverty.

She is known as a social justice activist.

Davidson has been in Parliament for less than two years. She missed making it in 2014 by one list position (she was 15 on the list). When Russel Normal resigned in November 2015 she became an MP.

Earlier this year Davidson was showing as 13th ranked Green, after another new MP had joined after Kevin Hague resigned last year.

When the Greens’ preliminary list came out in April Davidson came in at 4. She was elevated to number 3 for the ‘final’ list, but that has changed now Metiria Turei has withdrawn from the list.

Yesterday in a relaunch of the Green election campaign sole leader James Shaw number the Green number 2 as one of a new caucus leadership team. Davidson has been put in charge of the Green poverty policy, effectively taking over this responsibility from Turei.

From Davidson’s bio (from the Green website):

Marama’s parents met as young, urban Māori activists; she was literally born into the movement.  However, it was Marama’s ten year career at the Human Rights Commission that brought life to her activist and social justice foundations.

Marama worked part-time as the Chief Panelist for the Glenn Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Child Abuse.  Her involvement in the inquiry has placed violence at the forefront of her political radar.  Marama supports the compassionate and necessary work that MP Jan Logie leads around violence, and longs for a day when we can call Aotearoa violence free.

As well as supporting movements on the ground, Marama is also an online activist.  She has a powerful presence on social media, which she sees as a great way to vocalise important issues and to engage with the community.  She is a blogger, and writes about social justice, Māori politics, women’s rights and more.

Marama is passionate about all areas of injustice, and is committed to using her voice wherever she can to elevate issues.  She is inspired by community leaders who do the hard work and stay connected to the issues and the people in their neighbourhoods.

“I am enthusiastic and excited about making change that honours our connection to each other, and our planet”

She is the Green spokesperson for Māori Development, Social Housing, Human Rights and Pacific Peoples.

In October 2016, Davidson took part in the Women’s Peace Flotilla, which intended to highlight the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Davidson is active in social media. her reaction to Turei’s stepping down:

And active in campaigning:

Also on Facebook:

Today I spoke to people waiting in the long lines outside of both the Manurewa and the Clendon offices of Work and Income.

The photo below was supposed to be a selfie with just me and the office door. I don’t like to expose people who might be treated cruelly in public.

But Kataraina went out of her way to run over to me after I’d spoken with people in the line about our Green Party plans to end poverty. And after I’d spoken to people about what happened to Metiria.

She insisted on being in the photo with me. She insisted on being named. I told her that I wanted to post my photo publicly and that I didn’t want her to be in it.

She looked me in the eyes and had to spell it out: she wanted to be in the photo.

So who am I to take her voice away. She wanted her voice to count.

I enrolled lots of people to vote this morning. I gave out flyers about how we will end poverty, starting with increasing benefits and removing benefit sanctions. I asked people to vote, and to vote for the Green Party so we can make peoples voices count.

End poverty. Take our country back from cruelty.

We’ve had a rough week. We’re determined now more than ever.

Her last speech in Parliament:

Davidson will ensure that the Green campaign against poverty continues with some emphasis.

Having representatives like Davidson in Parliament is good. Time will tell, possibly, how she would do as a Minister.


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  1. sorethumb

     /  August 14, 2017

    End poverty. Take our country back from cruelty
    so the Greens want to make welfare non means tested and on demand?
    I’m not anti-welfare but we need consistency so people can adjust their behaviour. We also need to think as a unit us and our country rather than the globalist left’s inclusivewhich means open to migration.

    Ian Harrison (a Wellington Economist) says:
    The distinctive feature of the New Zealand economy is that land is an important input into the productive process. This is obvious with the agricultural, fishing and forestry sectors but it also applies to international tourism. In a simple model of the New Zealand economy where the supply of land is fixed, and New Zealand’s isolation means it is not a ‘natural’ location for the production of a broad range of internationally traded goods and services, then an increase in the labour supply through large scale immigration will reduce the
    marginal product of labour. As a result:

    Real wages will fall

    Owners of land will benefit

    There will be an outflow of ‘native’ labour in search of higher wages in Australia

    The economy will be bigger, but average incomes will fall

    Resources will flow into low value service production.

    This conventional model of the impact of an increase in labour supply is obviously a simplification of a complex reality, but we think that the fixed factor effect is important enough to be considered in any discussion or analysis of the impact of immigration in New Zealand. The official analysis, however, almost entirely omits it. There is a tendency to follow the international literature, where omitting the impact of fixed factors of production is a simplification that doesn’t matter very much, without thinking at all about how New Zealand could be different.

    The model seems to be consistent with some of the observed facts:

    Real per capita export growth has slowed significantly as labour supply has increased

    Labour productivity growth has been very slow

    Census data shows Auckland median income growth was the second lowest of any
    region over 2001-2006, and the lowest over 2006 to 2013. Auckland is the ‘poster child’ of superdiversity. If there was anything in the ‘diversity dividend’ argument Auckland should have been leaping ahead in the income stakes.

    • I’ve probably said this before. Last year sitting on a boat in the middle of the Ganges at Varanasi. The grinding poverty, the constant face of death v. the hope of nirvana, so much conflict, pain yet love. Like many before me I was struck by the bounty, the opportunity the abundant welfare state we enjoy in NZ.

      I know there’s not total equivalence. I know that not every child is born in happiness and hope and that many are not loved unconditionally. Not every child is born to a parent who is either capable or desirous of nurturing them and providing the love, card and attention to protect and grow them. Until we manage to help these sub humans to parent we’ll always have disparity.

      Back to the Ganges. Another thing that strikes one in these third world countries is the resourcefulness and fortitude of people without welfare state assistance.

      If I could, rather than a Boot Camp scenario, I’d take the parents of the failing, neglected kids, give them $500, put them on the Ghats in Varanasi and telll them I’d see them in 6 months.

      • Gezza

         /  August 14, 2017

        You might have some trouble identifying a few of the dads.

        • A General round up of all gang members, dead beats and any parent playing the pokies, failing a drug test was more in my mind

      • Blazer

         /  August 14, 2017

        How is the rarefied air way up high in your …ivory tower.?

        • Very nice thanks. Strangely, it’s exactly the same as you breathe. My nose is just that big higher than yours.

  2. To address Marama. You’ve given an excellent take on her here PG. Good luck to her, but she is an extreme greenhorn(cough) politically.

    • sorethumb

       /  August 14, 2017

      No Borders
      No Nations

      • sorethumb

         /  August 14, 2017

        Published on 19 Sep 2015
        Welcome Ten Thousand Now was an event setup to be a day where refugees from various cultures and background will join us and share their stories. There will be music, games for children and entertainment. with guests poet Whaitiri M Mikaere, Chilean refugee and poet Esteban Espinoza, musicians The Neo-Kalashnikovs, Jack and Jenny Lange, and MANIC SEEDS, Paul Brown and Folk the Quota, Green Party MP Marama Davidson, Labour Party MP Jacinda Ardern , Arabian refugee Mustafa Steve, Bosnian social justice activist Emir Hodzic, Syrian Solidarity Abdul Elah and Kareana Kee, NZ Kurdish Society Sarkawt Abdullazada and Laila Saber , Abann Kamyay Yor, General Manager of Auckland Refugee Community Coalition and Sudanese Refugee, Michael Kidd- lawyer for family of Ioane Teitiota, eco refugee from Kiribati facing deportation, Tobi Muir and Kumbirai Makwindi-Jafa Mafia Sound System, Sharmin and Payman, Kurdish refugees and members of Shakti Youth Ambassadors Network, Unions Auckland Rachel Mackintosh, Chris Sullivan, Catholic Deacon, Fala Haulangi, SFWU and Tuvaluan Eco-refugees, Hela Rahman, Iraqi community, Billy Hania NZ Palestine Solidarity Network, Jeremy Randerson, Mana Movement, Joe Carolan Socialist Aotearoa, Mike Treen Unite Union, Anu Kaloti Migrant Workers Association of Aotearoa, Dennis Maga UNIMEG / First Union, Albert Barr Citizens Resistance, Gary Cranston, Climate Justice Aotearoa, Sunny Sehgal EPMU, and Sirpa Gunn Auckland Refugee Council. Art and street theatre by Front Line Arts Collective.
        No Borders
        No Nations

  3. A good response.

    • sorethumb

       /  August 14, 2017

      Has anyone demonstrated institutional racism?
      White kid let off likely as justice looks at family and decides will likely not reoffend
      Maori detained as “it is the sirt of place where the baby is likely to get a beer crate dropped on them*

      * Ah ha – that’s due to the destruction of culture and theft of land > And there is an element of truth there too.

    • Brown

       /  August 14, 2017

      Seriously Pete? Twittering vacuous slogans? She’s as deluded as any of the Greens and I object to paying for her to wallow in sanctimonious nonsense.

    • National have reduced youth offending 31%. Words are cheap and throwing money at working groups much easier than affirmative action. The left are good at words, good at money thrown about, but results are quite another thing.

  4. Corky

     /  August 14, 2017

    Marama Davidson…. a ticking time bomb for the Greens. Which way she goes when the Greens implode will be interesting. She is another Metiria, maybe a little smarter.

    Strangely, when I think of Davidson the name Harmeet Sooden pops into my mind.

    • Blazer

       /  August 14, 2017

      she will have a long career in politics then.Who can be the voice of the poor…or is being poor a your world?

      • Corky

         /  August 14, 2017

        Poor is relative to…? Something people like you exploit. That will be Davidsons downfall. She will do something at the wrong time.

      • She sure will. Nothing is taking her nose from the government trough and the pension in a hurry. Thing is will she achieve anything? They’ve NEVER been in government and whether this time will be any different, time will tell.

  5. Zedd

     /  August 14, 2017

    i think they should appoint an acting Fem. Co-Lgr until the election; Mojo ?

    • PDB

       /  August 14, 2017

      Yes, James Shaw definitely needs someone to tell him what to do & what to say, Turei is a huge loss in that regard.

    • Gezza

       /  August 14, 2017

      Best bet probably Julie-Anne G. While James shuffles awkwardly answering questions from reporters she could yell “how dare you!” at them.

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