Jack Tautokai McDonald (Taranaki Iwi, Te Whakatōhea, Te Āti Awa) has been selected as the Green Party candidate for the Te Tai Hauāuru electorate in the 2014 general election.
Mr McDonald stood for the Greens in Te Tai Hauāuru at 2011 general election placing third and increasing the Greens’ party vote in the electorate from 3.4% to 10.9%. He is at 19 on the initial party list.
“It is an honour to have been re-selected as the Green Party candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru and to have the opportunity to run a strong campaign to increase our party vote in Te Tai Hauāuru and across Māori communities,” says Mr McDonald.
“With the retirement of Hon. Tariana Turia, voters in Te Tai Hauāuru have an incredible opportunity to force a generational shift in our political leadership and our representation in Parliament,” he says.
“A party vote for the Greens is a vote for a genuinely progressive government that will deliver for our people in key areas, including reducing income inequality, unemployment and child poverty, restoring the mauri of our awa and honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Second MP for electorate?
“A party vote for the Greens will also elect a bigger and stronger Greens’ Māori caucus and the potential of a second MP for Te Tai Hauāuru in Parliament,” Mr McDonald says.
Green co-leader Metiria Turei gives Mr McDonald this accolade: “The Green Party is privileged to have Jack McDonald campaigning for the party vote in Te Tai Hauauru.
“A young man wise beyond his years, he is an excellent communicator and passionate about whanau and whenua. Jack has a real future in politics, locally and nationally. I am very proud and look forward to supporting him and his campaign.’.
Jack McDonald was elected in 2013 as Chair of the Paekākāriki Community Board, has previously served on the Green Party’s National Executive and has been an active participant in community politics, including as a member of the campaign against the Kāpiti Expressway since 2009.