Marama Davidson (Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngati Porou) has been made the newest Member of Parliament for the Green Party. It has been a long journey for Davidson to get to this point.
“I’m a bit nervous,” she said.
A pōwhiri and being sworn into Parliament were on the agenda for Davidson today, but now it’s straight to work for the new MP. She's been given the portfolios of Social Housing, Human Rights and Pacific Peoples.
She's also been given the Māori Development portfolio, which was previously held by Green Party co-leader, Metiria Turei.
Greens MP James Shaw says, “She's a great advocate. She is a very powerful speaker, she is very media savvy. In fact, she has got more media exposure already than most MPs of any party.”
Davidson stood for the Green Party in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election in 2013. She also stood in Tāmaki Makaurau last year. Davidson has entered Parliament on the list following the resignation of former co-leader Russel Norman.
She is the Green Party's 14th MP to enter Parliament.
Davidson spent 10 years with Human Rights Commission. She is the daughter of New Zealander actor Rawiri Paratene who's best known for his roles in Whale Rider and Shortland Street.