'I am here to fight' – Chloe Swarbrick vows to uphold Green Party's protester roots

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Chloe Swarbrick has vowed to honour the giants of Green Party's past by continuing to fight and protest for issues close to the party's heart.

Ms Swarbrick gave a passionate statement to finish off her maiden speech in Parliament, vowing to fight for what she believes in.

"I stand here on the shoulders of giants like the green pioneers Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald and I am here to fight, both here for my privileged position, inside these walls and protesting out on the streets with the people I am proud to represent.

"Until nobody ever needs to fight again," she said.

The 23-year-old has been handed the party's education portfolio as well as being spokesperson for small business, broadcasting, youth, local government, internal affairs and arts, culture and heritage.

Ms Swarbrick, who shot onto the political scene by grabbing 30,000 votes while running for the Auckland mayoralty last year, was at number seven on the Green Party list.

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