Marama Davidson

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Marama Davidson
MP
Marama Davidson.jpg
3rd Female co-leader of the Green Party
Assumed office
8 April 2018
Co-leader with James Shaw
Preceded by Metiria Turei
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green party list
Assumed office
4 November 2015
Preceded by Russel Norman
Personal details
Born Marama Mere-Ana Paratene
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party Green
Relations Rawiri Paratene (father)
Children Six
Website Green Party profile

Marama Mere-Ana Davidson[1] (née Paratene) is a New Zealand politician who entered New Zealand parliament in 2015 as a representative of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand and is also the female co-leader of the Green Party.

Early life and family

Davidson was born in Auckland and is of Ngāti Porou, Te Rarawa, and Ngāpuhi descent.[2] Her father is the actor Rawiri Paratene. Both her parents were Māori language campaigners in the 1970s.[3] During her youth, the family moved a lot; Davidson started school in Wellington, but subsequently lived in Dunedin and Christchurch. At age nine, her family moved to Whirinaki in the Hokianga, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She started her degree in Hamilton and finished it in Auckland, from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.[2][4] She also holds a Graduate Diploma in International Diplomacy for Indigenous Studies through Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.[2]

She is married to Paul Davidson, with whom she has six children; their last child was born in 2008.[5][6]

Professional career and community engagement

Davidson worked for the Human Rights Commission from 2003 to 2012.[7] She has worked part-time for Breastfeeding New Zealand.[8] She was a 'Think Tank Member' for the Owen Glenn Inquiry on Child Abuse and Domestic Violence.[9] She is a founding member of Te Wharepora Hou Māori Women’s Collective.[7]

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2015–2017 51st List 15 Green
2017–present 52nd List 2 Green

Davidson is an environmentalist and human rights advocate.[3][10] In June 2013 she stood for the Greens in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election, where she came fourth with 11.15% of the vote.[3][11]

At the 2014 election she stood in the Tāmaki Makaurau electorate.[12] She was ranked 15th on the Greens party list and entered parliament in 2015 with the resignation of Russel Norman.

Davidson has called for liberalisation of abortion law, in addition to better sex education, improved access to contraception, and more support for adoption, having had an abortion as a teenager.[13]

In October 2016, Davidson took part in the Women's Peace Flotilla, which intended to highlight the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. Other passengers aboard included the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire and retired US Army colonel Ann Wright. On 5 October, the Women's Peace Flotilla's ship Zaytouna Oliva was intercepted by the Israeli Navy. In response to the boarding of the Women's Peace Flotilla, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei called on the Israeli authorities to release Davidson and other activists, and to end the blockade of Gaza.[14][15]

Following the resignation of Metiria Turei as co-leader of the Green Party in 2017, Davidson was poised as a possible contender for the co-leadership.[16] On 4 February 2018, Davidson officially announced her candidacy for co-leader,[17] and on 8 April won the female co-leadership election, defeating fellow MP Julie Anne Genter who was also gunning for the position.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Declaration by Electoral Commission That Marama Mere-Ana Davidson is Elected a Member of Parliament". 2 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Marama Davidson". Māori Television. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Bennett, Adam (26 May 2013). "Greens select child abuse campaigner for Ikaroa-Rawhiti". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Marama's story". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Topic: Teina Davidson: 3 years old". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "We talk to Marama Davidson about Home Birth". Home Birth Aotearoa. June 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "About Marama Davidson". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "A Mum Did This – Marama Davidson". Mums on Top. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Harvey, Sarah; Kilgallon, Steve (3 July 2013). "Davidson to stay with Glenn inquiry". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Marama Davidson selected as Green Party candidate for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti" (Press release). Green Party. Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Results of the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  12. ^ de Graaf, Peter (23 August 2014). "Candidates urged to keep promises". The Northern Advocate. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Davidson, Marama (2 November 2014). "Marama Davidson: For Lent, give up judgment". Herald on Sunday. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Sachdeva, Sam (6 October 2015). "Green MP Marama Davidson detained in Israel, PM John Key says it's a 'less-than-perfect look'". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  15. ^ Davidson, Isaac (7 October 2016). "Green Party MP Marama Davidson heading home after release from Israeli detention centre". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "Political Roundup: Why Marama Davidson is likely to become the new Green Party co-leader". New Zealand Herald. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  17. ^ Bracewell-Worrall, Anna (4 February 2018). "Greens co-leadership race: Marama Davidson first off the blocks". Newshub. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  18. ^ "Marama Davidson elected new Greens co-leader". Newshub. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Metiria Turei
Female co-leader of the Green Party
2018-present
Served alongside: James Shaw
Incumbent

External links

  • Green Party profile
  • Profile at New Zealand Parliament website
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