Jack McDonald, perhaps the Greens Party’s most high profile Māori candidate after co-leader Marama Davidson, will not stand for the party in the 2020 election, citing the party’s shift to the centre under the leadership of James Shaw as a contributing factor in his decision.
Marama Davidson (Ngāti Porou, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi) will contest the Tāmaki Makaurau electorate seat against the incumbent MP, Labour Party's Peeni Henare, and Māori Party candidate Shane Taurima.
Davidson entered Parliament in 2015 via the Green's party list following the resignation of Russell Norman.
Davidson was first appeared on the political scene in 2013 when she stood for the Greens in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election. She then went on to vie for the Tāmaki Makaurau electorate in 2014. Her work in the Green Party was validated in May when Davidson moved 14 places on the List to No.3.
Davidson was born in Auckland, and educated across the country in Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch. When Marama was nine her grandfather passed away, and her family went to Hokianga for the first time, to bury him. Her father was so enthralled by this beautiful homeland he moved the family back to Whirinaki in Hokianga.
Born from urban Māori activists, Davidson’s passion was ignited during her 10-year career with the Human Rights Commission that brought life to her activist and social justice foundations.
Davidson is passionate about all areas of injustice, and is committed to using her voice wherever she can to elevate issues. She also has a strong following across social media platforms where she regularly raises and addresses these issues.
Marama Davidson resides in Manurewa with her husband Paul, and is a devoted mum to six children.