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Jack Tautokai McDonald

Green Party

Jack Tautokai McDonald has been the resident Green Party candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru since his first stand in the electorate in 2011 and will be competing against Labour incumbent MP Adrian Rurawhe and Māori Party’s Howie Tamati.

He affiliates to Taranaki, Te Ātiawa and Te Whakatōhea and is currently ranked 13 on the Green Party list.

Jack Tautokai McDonald has been the resident Green Party candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru since his first stand in the electorate in 2011 and will be competing against Labour incumbent MP Adrian Rurawhe and Māori Party’s Howie Tamati.

Raised on the Kāpiti Coast and also a former chair of the Paekākāriki Community Board, McDonald first joined the Green Party at 16 years old after being motivated by the foreshore and seabed issue and the effects of climate change. Since then he has dedicated himself to the Green movement and realising the vision of having a Treaty-based environmental Party at the heart of government.

Since 2014 he has worked for the Green Party as a Parliament staffer and the experience has given him an understanding and knowledge of the workings of government. He has coordinated a number of campaigns and demonstrated key skills in political strategy and planning.

His most rewarding challenge was to learn te reo Māori as a second language learner. McDonald’s goal is to strengthen the Green’s Māori Caucus and also aims to drive youth participation in politics.

His whakapapa as a descendant of two traditions of non-violent resistance in Aotearoa - Parihaka and conscientious objector Archibald Baxter - means he has a deep, genuine connection to the Green Party charter and values.

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