Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson passionately lists the things keeping her busy at the moment: protecting New Zealand’s water, supporting mana whenua and grass roots conservation groups to stop the spread of kauri dieback, and overhauling the culture of Work and Income. “We need to restore manaaki and kindness to government,” she says. “Cruelty is unsustainable.”
In June, Davidson bravely went public about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child. Waking up the morning the story was published and seeing her face everywhere was hard. “I just felt… really exposed and really quite icky.” But support flooded in immediately, as people said her message resonated with them, strengthened them and made them feel less isolated. It was worth it to make a difference, she says.
Davidson, whose father is actor Rawiri Paratene, grew up in Northland just over the hill from Waipoua forest – home to the country’s largest known standing kauri, T ne Mahuta, now sadly under threat from kauri dieback.
“It’s an indication of the fact that we need to do a lot better as humans in protecting our taonga.”
Davidson lives in Auckland with her husband Paul, their six children, a puppy and the family dog. She misses them while working in Wellington. Coming home is always a joy. “Oh my goodness I really get excited about it.” She took our Sunday Grill.
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