Greens throw hat in the ring
Green Party candidate for the Mana by-election, Jan Logie, says core Green Party issues will be the important issues of her campaign.
‘‘ Fairness and opportunity, better transport and clean water are key concerns for the community and for the Greens.’’
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman welcomed her selection. ‘‘ Jan has a long history of working for social change and knows Parliament. Her skills and experience make her a real alternative to Labour or National.’’
A long-time Wellingtonian, Ms Logie is development manager at the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.
Her previous jobs include executive director of the national YWCA and working for the Hutt Valley Youth Health Service as well as Wellington’s Women’s Refuge.
Ms Logie said she would campaign for fast, efficient public transport, cleaning up waterways, which would create jobs, and tackling inequality.
She said she would like to see the first $ 10,000 of income tax-free.
Asked what her chances were against Labour’s candidate Kris Faafoi and National’s Hekia Parata, Ms Logie laughed. She said Prime Minister John Key had called Ms Parata the ‘‘ underdog’’ in the byelection.
‘‘I think we [the Green Party] get to claim that status.’’
She said she would be out talking to people and providing fresh solutions, rather than ‘‘stuff we have heard before’’ from Ms Parata and Mr Faafoi.
Underdog: Jan Logie.