Davidson chosen by Greens as new co-leader

It’s not a surprise to see that Marama Davidson is the new Green co-leader. She was widely expected to take over eight months after Metiria Turei stood down.

I can imagine that Davidson is popular within Green membership, but we will have to see whether she appeals to voters generally.

Davidson served part of the last term, becoming an MP after Russel Norman stood down, in November 2015.

Greens have already changed their website:


South Auckland-based MP Marama Davidson will join James Shaw in the role of Green Party Co-leader, after the result of the leadership contest was announced this morning in Auckland.

Ms Davidson secured 110 delegate votes. Julie Anne Genter, the Minister for Women and Associate Minister of Transport and Health, also contested the Co-leadership role and won 34 votes.

Ms Davidson entered Parliament in 2015 following Russel Norman’s resignation. She is the mother of six children and has before entering parliament worked as a youth worker in South Auckland and as an advisor at the Human Rights Commission for 10 years. She was the Chief Panellist on the Owen Glenn Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Child Abuse.

“It’s the greatest honour of my life to be elected Co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa. It is also an enormous responsibility and for party members to have confidence in me to lead the Party is truly humbling,” said Ms Davidson.

“I want to congratulate Julie Anne Genter. My respect for Julie Anne and her obvious talents has only increased over the course of the campaign. I’m proud to call her a colleague and a friend and I know she will continue doing a fantastic job as a Minister.

“History shows that smaller parties struggle to retain their support in coalition governments. My number one goal as Co-leader is to make sure that doesn’t happen to the Greens.

“Without ministerial responsibilities I can focus on the party and ensure the full delivery of our confidence and supply agreement while maintaining unity. With one leader as a Minister and one not we can able to avoid the pitfalls other parties entering Government have experienced who have seen their support fall.

“I intend to stay connected to the community I come from, South Auckland, and other communities like it around the country. I will be the only party leader in Parliament that brings to the table deep sustained experience of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities in our country and I plan to ensure they are given a voice.

“The community I come from is at the coalface of the most pressing issues we face as a society: rising poverty and inequality, the housing and homelessness crisis, polluted rivers and poor health and education outcomes. I will ensure their voices are heard, in Parliament and within the Green Party.

“Our Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Labour Party commits to providing a transformational Government. I am looking forward to working even more closely with our colleagues’ right across the Government to achieving our Government’s ambitious agenda,” said Ms Davidson.

“I am incredibly excited about this new era of leadership in the Green Party and getting to work with Marama to deliver great green change and further growing our party,” said Mr Shaw.

“Marama is a magnetic politician, people are naturally drawn to her and respect her. She is acutely aware of how some people and communities are struggling in this country, and she will be an excellent advocate for their interests in Parliament and in our Party.

“Between us we represent the broad church of Green voters. Our different backgrounds and experiences mean we empathise and understand the cross section of issues New Zealanders face. We are a team that can reach everyone committed to a better and fairer New Zealand.

“Member elected Co-leaders have provided decades of unity and stability to the party, and I am sure this new pairing, the first as part of a Government, will be no different.

“I want to congratulate Julie Anne Genter, whose leadership skills and political acumen remain invaluable to our party.

“I have no doubt that Julie Anne will continue to be a stand-out minister in this Government, well into the future.

“I want to thank Green Party members who participated in the leadership contest. Our electoral system is the most democratic of any party and this result represents a clear mandate for Marama to lead our party,” said Mr Shaw.

38 Comments

  1. Zedd

     /  April 8, 2018

    the whispers were correct… 🙂

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 8, 2018

    A magnetic personality with two poles that can either attract or repel. Obviously will continue Bradford and Metiria’s charge to the Left with added racism. Greens will remain a Labour sub-cult.

  3. PDB

     /  April 8, 2018

    “rising poverty and inequality, the housing and homelessness crisis, polluted rivers and poor health and education outcomes.”

    Good to see the Green party have environmental issues first and foremost. Obviously climate-change is a passing fad for them.

  4. sorethumb

     /  April 8, 2018

    Nut

  5. robertguyton

     /  April 8, 2018

    Beautiful, Marama!
    Some Righties gonna get burned !

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2018

      Which ones?

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2018

      Also, what’s so beautiful ?
      It had to be one or the other.
      Was she your favourite after all?

    • sorethumb

       /  April 8, 2018

      Should we build larger state houses for Pacifica and Maori (“these communities traditionally have large families”) or should they exercise personal responsibility?

      • sorethumb

         /  April 8, 2018

        Marama represents ideology, journalists facilitate that ideology by not confronting it

      • sorethumb

         /  April 8, 2018

        Robert won’t answer that. Post modernist thinkers don’t air their arguments: they are too silly for public consumption.

        • Gezza

           /  April 9, 2018

          There is some truth to this. The argument if there even is one is claimed to be so self-evidently true it requires no explanation beyond “because I just told you why”.

    • PDB

       /  April 8, 2018

      Coast is clear Guyton! Horror stories have stopped about the new govt for at least a couple of days now so welcome back! I dare say you’ll run off soon in a couple of days though when the next govt cock-up appears.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 8, 2018

        I find it really patronising that there is a minister for women, as if we were children. Ms Davidson’s attitude to women is somewhat patronising – we can’t achieve without lots of support. What rubbish.

    • Zedd

       /  April 9, 2018

      @RG

      i actually would have chosen JAG, but Te Marama is probably the ‘better look’ ?!

      cheers 🙂

  6. There was no mana in violating the sovereignty of a foreign state on a boat allegedly carrying aid to Palestine.

    There was no mana in being put in an Israeli jail and deported.

    There is no mana period!

    What Oath or Affirmation did she cite?

    Personally I have no sense of loyalty or allegiance to the Queen and her descendants and it strikes me that for an oath or affirmation to be meaningful it should cite what is personally important.

    I am Māori so I cannot be accused of being racist against Marama Davidson

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2018

      Sure you could, depending what else you say. One pakeha here seems positively racist about pakeha.

      I’m not sure what she stood to gain by participating in that blockade busting expedition. It was misplaced. It could have been intended to signify that pakeha did the same thing to Maori but there’s no comparison of between how Maori are treated in New Zealand and how Palestinians are treated in the occupied territory and even Israel itself by the racist Zionists in Israel’s Parliament, Security &Intelligence Forces, and the IDF.

  7. sorethumb

     /  April 8, 2018

    First of all, proportional representation confers, even if only indirectly, a constitutional status on political parties which they would otherwise not attain. For I can no longer choose a person whom I trust to represent me: I can choose only a party. And the people who may represent the party are chosen only by the party. And while people and their opinions always deserve the greatest respect, the opinions adopted by parties (which are typically nstruments of personal advancement and of power, with all the chances for intrigue which this implies) are not to be identified with ordinary human opinions: they are ideologies.
    Karl Popper on democracy
    From the archives: the open society and its enemies revisited

  8. sorethumb

     /  April 8, 2018

    TOPS stands out for its analysis which is devoid of rhetoric (except for the treaty). ALL the other parties are Bullshitistan.

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2018

      I think that is a possibly confederation of istans in Eurasia. Probably be a fatwah calling for all four of your car tyres to be punctured now. And the spare if they can get the boot open.

      Did you perhaps mean bullshitian? 😳

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 8, 2018

        Or is Bullshitistan a country ? It probably is, with a lot of inhabitants.

  9. David

     /  April 8, 2018

    This is terrible news for Ardern, Davison has something Shaw never had…a spine so it wont be such a walkover for Peters and Ardern getting the Greens to roll over.
    Great news for National too, Genter was a very appealing candidate so having her sidelined with a baby and a shrinking profile will allow Bridges to steal a few of those suburban housewife votes.

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2018

      Bridges couldn’t steal a pacifier from a baby yet. Needs to do or say something memorable that will make people ignore the WAY he talks. But definitely waiting to see how he shapes up. Not impressing so far. Last thing he should do is bark at every passing car. We know how that one worked out for four Labour leaders before Jacinda.

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