‘In­crease stock of state houses’

Marama David­son, 43. Green Party can­di­date for Ta­maki Makau­rau, lives in Ma­nurewa.

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In the lead up to the gen­eral elec­tion, we go be­hind the bill­boards and party colours to give you a ‘first per­son’ in­sight into the as­pir­ing can­di­dates.

We are pub­lish­ing their images in black and white so you can get to see them as peo­ple not just as politi­cians and their po­lit­i­cal brands.

Get­ting can­did: How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I have lived in Ma­nurewa off and on for about 15 years.

Give me three words that come to mind when I say ‘South Auck­land’?

Grass­roots. Con­nected. Awe­some.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in your elec­torate?

My lo­cal fish and chip shop next to the Mo­bil petrol sta­tion at The Gar­dens.

What’s one piece of wis­dom you’d like to pass on to oth­ers, particularly young peo­ple?

If you make a mis­take, own it and make amends but don’t waste your time re­gret­ting it.

What’s one trial or strug­gle that you’ve over­come?

The heart­break of hav­ing to leave my chil­dren all the time to be a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. It al­ways hurts but we’re man­ag­ing well now.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most - and why?

Apart from my­mum– [former Green Party co-leader and cur­rent Green Party MP] Me­tiria Turei. For be­ing brave enough to force us to all face the truth about poverty.

When I’ve got a free few hours I like to…

Walk our gor­geous dog es­pe­cially in the bush. Sleep and watch a Net­flix tv se­ries.

Tell us what your party’s poli­cies will do for peo­ple in this com­mu­nity?

The Green Party will build more state homes in­stead of sell­ing then off.

We will make sure Auck­land and Manukau have enough emer­gency places to meet help end home­less­ness.

We will have aWOF (war­rant of fit­ness) so that homes are safe and dry and healthy.

We will build homes for a gov­ern­ment-led rent-to-buy scheme so that low in­come fam­i­lies can buy their own home.

We will have free pub­lic trans­port for ev­ery­one un­der 18 years old and for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity.

We will have free off-peak pub­lic trans­port for stu­dents and ap­pren­tices.

We will help clean up our wa­ter­ways and take real ac­tion on cli­mate change.

A party vote for the Green Party will en­sure a com­pas­sion­ate, smart, pro­gres­sive heart in gov­ern­ment.

‘‘We will build homes for a gov­ern­ment lead rent to buy scheme so that low in­come fam­i­lies can buy their own home.’’

Marama David­son en­tered Par­lia­ment in 2015 when former Green Party co-leader Russel Nor­man re­signed. She worked for 10 years at the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion and is a found­ing mem­ber of the Te Whare­pora Hou Maori Women’s Col­lec­tive. Go to Face­book.com/ themanukaucourier to read more gen­eral elec­tion ver­sions of our reg­u­lar Look Who’s Talk­ing fea­ture with South Auck­land po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates.


Marama loves the lo­cal fish and chip shop next to the Mo­bil petrol sta­tion at The Gar­dens.

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