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Coro Greens Give James the Green Light

Monday 28th January 2008

Coro Greens Give James the Green Light

A gathering of Greens in pre-election mode in the Kauaeranga Valley, near Thames on Sunday January 27th, saw 37 year old James Redwood selected as the 2008 Green Party Candidate for the Coromandel Electorate.

Kauaeranga Valley resident and Green Party of Aotearoa Co-Leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons says, “I am delighted James has been selected as candidate. His background and achievements since joining the Party in 2000, make him the ideal Green Party Candidate in this electorate”.

However Ms Fitzsimons is quick to point out that this does not mean she will be stepping down from her role as Green Party Co-Leader and Member of Parliament. “As Co-Leader and senior Green MP, it has been necessary for me to spend more and more time working at a national level, therefore it is important that the Green Party have a candidate here in 2008, who is able to focus more on local issues,” Ms Fitzsimons explains.

An ex secondary school teacher, James Redwood is currently a permaculture orchardist and Manager of Tauranga Farmer’s Market. Farming experience gleaned from his upbringing has helped in the experimental activities in his orchard. Born in Whakatane, raised in Waihi, James now lives in Whakamarama (north of Tauranga) with wife Viv Quinn and two year old daughter, Sapphire. The couple are expecting their second child in March.

James points to his main areas of interest as being: agriculture, education and economic sustainability. He says, “I became a member of the Green Party because I believe it has the breadth and depth of policy to solve social, economic and environmental problems in a truly sustainable way. In my opinion, the most important issues in the Coromandel electorate are: mining, mangrove management and youth delinquency. In addition I believe there are too many instances of inadequate support for social services, unsustainable farming practices, unsustainable land development and inadequate infrastructural planning. Most local and national politicians seem to have no real concept of "peak oil", and the extreme vulnerability of our rural communities to accelerating oil prices.”

Keen to meet as many constituents as possible, James says he is interested in listening to what we consider to be the most important local and national issues.

However James also makes it clear that he is not seeking the “members vote” in this electorate. “I will be campaigning exclusively for the Party vote because the best way for Coromandel constituents to get effective action on these local issues is to have Green Party policy enacted in Parliament. Nevertheless I will be active at grass roots level before and after the election, and will continue to act as an advocate for constituents in any personal matter that does not conflict with Green Party policy,” James Redwood concludes.


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