Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Nandor not standing in 2008 election

17 January 2007

Nandor not standing in 2008 election

Green MP Nandor Tanczos announced today that he will not be putting his name forward as a candidate for this year's election.

"I went into Parliament with the stated intention of doing three terms. I have now given almost a decade of service to the Green Party in Parliament.

"During that time I have achieved a number of initiatives of which I am proud, including the passage of Clean Slate legislation, regulations to allow farmers to grow hemp, an independent prison inspectorate, and significant amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act.

"I also negotiated an inquiry into victim's rights, into New Zealand's constitution - following the passage of the Supreme Court Act - and into cannabis prohibition.

"I have helped negotiate funding for environmental legal aid and for best practise drug education. I also achieved increased funding for community law centres.

"This is in addition to my continued advocacy for constitutional change based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, restorative justice and a rehabilitative approach to crime, for the clean up of the dairy industry, for rational IT policy and against student loans.

"My major contribution to the Green Party organisation has probably been in playing a key role in initiating and facilitating long term strategic planning, in particular our relationships with other political parties."

Nandor says that he has received numerous messages from people asking him to stand again for election, following media speculation that he may leave Parliament. He is grateful for those kind messages of support.



"In 1999 I brought something that the Green Party, and that Parliament, needed - a radical and fresh voice. That was an important factor in getting the Greens elected at all as an independent party.

"The challenge now is not getting elected, but increasing our influence. The Green Party needs to be able to work with all parties and cut across old political boundaries. It needs to be seen as a safe pair of hands.

"The Green Movement, on the other hand, needs to become far more radical in my view. We must be fearless in challenging the absurd economic system leading us to destruction. The real changes we need to make will not be driven by politicians, but by communities organising themselves.

"Parliament thinks it is sovereign, but I look forward to working once again at the grassroots, the real source of all political power."


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On The Gun Buy-Back Scheme

Do gun amnesties and buy-backs save lives? Since it’s always difficult to exclude all of the socio-economic factors that may be operating in parallel, the die-hard denialists in the gun lobby will always be able to find a bit of wiggle room.

Yet when taken in tandem with the actions already taken by the Ardern government to outlaw rapid fire rifles and shotguns, there is ample reason to conclude that the buy-back and amnesty scheme announced this morning will indeed save lives in New Zealand. More>>

 

World Refugee Day: Former Refugees Say Policy Must Change

This year, 1000 refugees will be able to resettle here in New Zealand - but there are restrictions on where those people can come from. More>>

ALSO:

Operation Burnham: Hit & Run Author 'Believes Insurgents Were In Village'

One of the authors of Hit & Run has backtracked from a key claim in the book, revealing he now believes armed insurgents were in a village attacked by New Zealand elite soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

The Lobbyist Staffer: PM Defends Handling Of Conflicts Of Interest

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she's comfortable with the way her interim chief of staff's conflicts of interest were managed. More>>

ALSO:

2020 Election Changes: Same Day Enrolment, Supermarket Voting

New Zealand’s democracy is to be enhanced, with voters gaining the right to enrol on election day at next year’s general election and allowing ballot boxes to be placed in supermarkets and malls to make it easier for people to vote, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. More>>

ALSO:

"Population Density": Stats NZ, Phone Companies To Track People's Movements

Stats NZ is partnering with cellphone companies to launch a new way of tracking people's movements every hour. More>>

ALSO:

QS University Rankings: NZ Ranks Well "Despite Resourcing Constraints"

New Zealand universities continue to do well in international rankings, with the release of the 2020 QS world rankings showing that all eight universities remain in the world’s top 500. More>>

ALSO:

Mosque Attacks: 21 Month Prison Sentence For Sharing Live Stream Video

A Christchurch man who admitted redistributing the livestream video of the mosque killings has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels