Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Rebekah Jaung selected as candidate for Northcote

11 May 2018

Dr. Rebekah Jaung selected as Green Party candidate for Northcote by-election

Medical doctor and peace activist Dr. Rebekah Jaung has been selected as the Green Party candidate for the Northcote by-election.

Dr. Jaung stood for the Greens in the Northcote seat in the 2017 General Election, and currently works as a Doctor in Public Health and is a research fellow at the Department of Surgery, University of Auckland.

She is of Korean descent, grew up in Aotearoa and has lived in the Northcote electorate since 2013.

Dr. Jaung says the Greens need a strong voice in Government to ensure action on health, climate change, housing and transport remain on the agenda.

“The Northcote by-election is an opportunity for voters to signal the direction they want the Government to take. I can provide an independent, progressive voice that reflects local issues on the national stage," said Dr. Jaung.

“An extra Green MP in Parliament gives us an important extras voice to fight for much better funding for our public health system. As a doctor I know how underfunded the health system is and how desperately it needs a massive boost to ensure the health of New Zealanders, especially the most disadvantaged.

“After 9 years of neglect, our chronically underfunded health infrastructure is at a breaking point. It's unacceptable that in New Zealand we have hospitals that are mouldy and pose a health hazard to our communities.

"I want to make sure the Government has in it voices that understand the need for all policy to consider health and advocates for our hard-working nurses and midwives who are not currently getting the pay they deserve.

"I also stand for strengthening renters rights and better public transport. These are issues that will not only make Northcote a more vibrant, liveable community but will ensure Aotearoa is prepared to meet the needs of its people while looking towards the challenges of the future.

“It is an honour to have the opportunity to campaign alongside our newly elected Co-leader Marama Davidson, whose commitment to our communities and the environment is a source of inspiration.

“Marama Davidson’s work on peace through justice resonates deeply with my own peace activism within the Korean community, and I know she will be able to genuinely reach out and inspire our diverse communities within the electorate."

Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said that Dr Jaung will be an outstanding candidate.

"Rebekah would be an brilliant addition to the Green parliamentary team. She's a passionate professional who has dedicated her career to others through her work on public health and peace, and frankly we need more people like her in parliament," said Davidson.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether We Should Be Betting Quite So Heavily On Astra Zeneca’s Covid Vaccine

According to this week’s Speech from the Throne, maintaining public safety during the pandemic will remain the government’s top priority. Next year will (hopefully) bring the rolling out of a free vaccination against Covid-19 to New Zealander. Currently, there are three possible vaccine contenders but the effectiveness of the vaccine will be only one of the factors determining which vaccine will pre-dominate. On the basis of the cost per dose, and the ease of manufacture, storage and distribution, the Astra Zeneca/Oxford University vaccine will almost certainly be the prime choice for New Zealand, at least initially... More>>


New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>


Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels