Convicted Kauri-sitter wants to be a Green MP

Michael Tavares, the 34 year old who occupied a threatened West Auckland kauri tree in March 2015 has put his name forward to be a candidate for the Green Party in this year’s election in the Auckland electorate of Northcote.

A long term campaigner on environmental and social issues, and a party member of over 5 years, Michael will head to the Green Party’s conference this weekend, where members begin the process of forming their party List for the general election.

“I’m honoured to be able to work towards the next government having a Te Tiriti based environmental party as a core player.”

“The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand was founded by unapologetic activists like Rod Donald and Jeanette Fitzsimons. They built the kaupapa of our party, and my roots are in that kaupapa.”

‘’I honour the work of tireless activists like outgoing MP Catherine Delahunty, and young Māori activist and fellow Young Greens candidate Jack McDonald”

Michael was part of a successful environmental campaign in Tasmania, Australia, which saw 148,000ha of native forest converted from logging land to World heritage National Park.

Michael believes that the time is right for the Greens to be in government.

“I believe that the Greens, together with Labour, are best placed to fix the mess left by eight and a half years of National’s mismanagement.”

Oh really?  National has added to national parks, maritime parks, announced a pest-free New Zealand initiative and policy to clean up rivers and lakes.  What did Labour do last time they had a chance?

I have no doubt the Greens would do lots of those things if they were in government, but they can’t get their by themselves, and history has shown that Labour is not electable if it has to rely on the Green party to govern.   Theoretically, NZ First/Labour is possible if the numbers work out.   But the NZ First/Labour/Green coalition will never happen.

So instead of this guy who breaks the law and sits on private property becoming another Green MP, we can look forward to him finding another tree to sit in.

As far as Michael’s good work towards environmentalism in a general sense, all he has to do is talk to Russel Norman and be told that if he wants to change the world, NZ parliament is the wrong place to do it.




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