By Alan Tristram
The Greens’ record highs in the opinion polls mean Kapiti’s Jan Logie will almost certainly be an MP in the new Parliament.
Ms Logie, who lives in Paekakariki, is standing for the Mana seat. But she is also 9th in the Green Party list, which on present indications means she will easily pass ‘Go’.
In the latest NZ Herald Digipoll, the Green are on 12.6%, which would give them 15 seats.
Earlier polls put them around 10% and about 12 seats in the new Parliament. Under such scenarios, Mr Logie would definitely become a List MP.
The news is highly significant for the Kapiti Coast as it means another leftwing, anti-Expressway MP in Parliament to oppose the strongly pro-motorway stance of local National MP’s.
When she first became a candidate Ms Logie said: “The important issues in Mana are core Green Party issues. Fairness and opportunity, better transport and clean water are key concerns.”
Green Party Co-Leader Russel Norman said: “Jan has a long history of working for social change and knows Parliament. Her skills and experience make her a real alternative to Labour or National.”
Works for sustainable cities
A long-time Wellingtonian,but now living on the Coast, Ms Logie is Development Manager at the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities, working with councils and university researchers to create sustainable and inclusive cities.
She previously served as Executive Director of the national YWCA and worked for the Hutt Valley Youth Health Service as well as Wellington’s Women’s Refuge.
She also worked overseas, helping children in Mumbai’s slums. She left there to become Sue Bradford’s executive assistant during the “anti-smacking” legislation debate.
She has a solid background advocating for women, children and youth.