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Green list reflects 21st century NZ: Shaw

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/05/2017 Karen Sweeney

The Green Party looks set to give New Zealand its youngest MP in decades and its first ever refugee MP after the September election.

Chloe Swarbrick and Golriz Ghahraman have been promoted to nine and 10 on the final party list, voted by members and released on Tuesday.

Ms Swarbrick, a 22-year-old former Auckland mayoral candidate, was previously placed at 13 while Iranian-born Auckland-based barrister Ms Ghahraman moved up from 15.

As a former refugee she hopes to influence Parliament on human rights and democracy building.

"I always say it's because I've seen the world without those things that I feel the real urgency," she said.

Television presenter and snowboarder Hayley Holt leapt from 29 to 17 which would almost certainly guarantee her a place in Parliament come September according to party co-leader James Shaw.

Ms Holt says she wasn't disappointed to be so far down the initial list but feels ready to be an MP.

"I believe in this. I haven't been as fulfilled as I feel right now so maybe they just noticed that," she said of the party members who backed her rise in the list.

Mr Shaw believes it's a real possibility the top 20 people on the Green Party list will be in Parliament by the end of the year.

More than half are women and there's a mix of youth and experience.

Mr Shaw says it's a group who represent 21st century New Zealand and co-leader Metiria Turei agrees.

"The party has delivered a list that absolutely recognises and respects the experience of our caucus but also wants to make sure it's more diverse and does have new, fresh talent," she said.

Hopes for greater representation is good news for some candidates and MPs who fell in the rankings.

Jack McDonald, who surprised with his number nine ranking in the initial list in April now sits at 13.

Sitting MPs Denise Roche and David Clendon have been pushed out by newcomers to 15 and 16 respectively.

Other changes to the top half of the list appear minor.

Julie Anne Genter has dropped from three to four, switching spots with Marama Davidson.

Mojo Mathers dropped from eight to 11, swapping places with Kennedy Graham.

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