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Swarbrick 13th on draft Greens list

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/04/2017

Auckland mayoral candidate Chloe Swarbrick may have a serious shot at a seat in parliament later this year, with the Green Party giving high-ranking list spots to young candidates and newcomers.

The party on Sunday released its draft list for September's general election, and 22-year-old Ms Swarbrick has been put in 13th place, one spot ahead of veteran MP Denise Roche, who drops three ranks.

The latest Colmar Brunton Poll has the Greens matching their current 14 seats at the election.

Ms Swarbrick came third in last year's Auckland mayoral election despite running a shoestring-budget campaign. She signed on with the Greens in November.

Whether she officially gets the 13th spot for the general election will now depend on whether the party's membership agrees with the proposed list when it votes in April. The final results will be released at the end of May.

But she isn't the highest-ranking person in their early 20s on the Party's list, with 24-year-old Jack McDonald placing ninth.

The election will be McDonald's third time standing for the party but, at current polling, would be his first term in parliament. He ranked 21st at the last election.

"With two candidates in their 20s in our top 20, we will be a very strong voice for young people," co-leader James Shaw said.

Meanwhile, party health spokesperson Julie Anne Genter has jumped from seventh spot to third, while Marama Davidson - who entered parliament in 2015 after leader Russel Norman's resignation - has leapt to fourth on the list, up from No.16 in 2014.

Human rights lawyer Golriz Ghahraman has been given the 15th spot - meaning she may also have a shot at a seat, having signed on as a candidate in January - edging out veteran David Clendon, who tumbles to 16th.

United Future MP Peter Dunne quickly came to Mr Clendon's defence on Sunday, saying he was a "respected performer" for the party.

"Personally sorry to see him shafte[d] this way," he tweeted.

Crowd Goes Wild presenter and Dancing with the Stars contestant Hayley Holt has been listed at 29th place, having joined as a candidate in December.

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