Marama Davidson will be sworn into Parliament today as the Green Party’s newest MP.
Davidson of Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Porou descent will take up the Māori Development, Social Housing, Human Rights and Pacific Peoples portfolios.
Davidson will take the place Russell Norman who has taken up a position with Greenpeace.
Metiria Turei will now hold the National Intelligence and Security portfolio, as well as the Electoral portfolio.
Davidson who lives with her family in Manurewa, Auckland has recently finished 10 years with the Human Rights Commission.
“I’m looking forward to being a modern, progressive voice at Parliament for Māori political aspirations,” says Davidson.
“After years working with grassroots organisations, I’m excited about the opportunity to help ensure that Government provides the support communities need to find their own solutions.
“I plan to be a passionate advocate for those who have been left out of the current Government’s plans for New Zealand.
She also says “I’m particularly excited about the trust that the Green Party has placed in me to lift the party’s profile and work more closely with Pacific peoples.”