Jeanette Fitzsimons

Jeanette Fitzsimons

When the Green Party joined with several other small parties to form the Alliance, Jeanette became Co-deputy leader. In the 1993 election, she came a strong second in the Hauraki electorate under the Alliance banner. In 1995, she became Co-leader of the Green Party, which remained within the Alliance. In the 1996 election, the first to be conducted under the new MMP electoral system, Jeanette was placed third on the Alliance party list. She also stood as the party's candidate in the Coromandel. She was unsuccessful in the Coromandel electorate, coming second, but entered Parliament on the Alliance list.

The Greens contested the 1999 election as an independent party, with Jeanette and Rod Donald serving as Co-leaders. Jeanette was placed first on the party's list, and once again contested the Coromandel seat. When normal votes had been counted, it appeared that she had just failed to win Coromandel by a tiny margin, but when special votes were tallied, she gained a narrow victory. This guaranteed the Green Party proportional representation regardless of whether it crossed the five percent threshold - which it did when the final results were announced.

In the 2002 election, Jeanette focused more on the nationwide campaign and did not hold on to Coromandel. She has, however, remained in Parliament ever since as the highest-ranked candidate on the Green Party's list and Co-leader of the party. What sustains her? "The Greens' charter values reflect my own core beliefs," she says simply.

Jeanette Fitzsimons Green Party Home Page.
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