Greens throw hat in the ring

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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.

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