The Herald reports:
The green party has scrapped its male co-leader requirement and added one to ensure Māori representation.
The party convened over the weekend for a special meeting where its members voted to implement the changes to its constitution immediately.
The two co-leaders now need to constitute one woman, and one person of any gender (providing leadership pathways for non-binary and intersex). One co-leader also needs to be Māori.
So under this new rule, you would never have had Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald as co-leaders.
Leach said politics had never provided a “level playing field” for Māori and Pasifika peoples, people of different genders, rainbow communities, and women.
21% of Parliament is Maori – much higher than their share of the adult population.
8% of Parliament is Pasifika – slightly higher than their 7% share of the adult population.
49% of Parliament is female, marginally below their 50.4% share of the adult population.
11% of Parliament is LGBT – much higher than their share of the adult population.