Marama Davidson new co-leader of Green Party
She's Māori, speaks Māori and her politics are unashamedly left-wing and now Marama Davidson is co-leader of the Green Party.
The Ngāti Porou, Te Rarawa and Tainui woman is the second Māori woman to become the co-leader.
She's following in the footsteps of Metiria Turei who she says is the woman who inspired her.
“He tino akiaki ia ki a au ki te tū. Ko ia te take i uru atu ahau ki roto i te whare pāremata, ko ia te take i tae au ki te rōpū Kākāriki nō reira, nōku te hōnore ki te whai ake i a ia.”
75% of the Green Party supported Davidson as co-leader and political commentator Maria Bargh says it's a sign of what their true identity is.
“There's still a very strong support among the membership for the very leftist side of the party, the activist roots and for the bicultural element.”
She is left-wing, which raises the question; can she work with other parties?
Bargh says that while it’ll take work, it is possible.
“It's really important that the Greens maintain their distinct identity; Marama's not a minister so she is able to be much more vocal in the House and really maintain that leftist identity for them. It's always a challenge for the minor parties to not appear subsumed by their larger coalition partners.”
And Davidson says the leadership stands together and are focussed on implementing the party’s policies.
“Ka taea e māua tēnei tīma kaiārahi ki te kōrero ki te tae atu ki ngā hapori rerekē, ki ngā rōpū rerekē nō reira ko tērā te kaha o tēnei tīma kaiārahi.”
She's now been tasked with leading the Greens to prosperity.