HON. JAMES SHAW

Green Party Co-leader, Minister for Climate Change, Minister of Statistics, Assoc. Minister of Finance


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James believes that New Zealand can lead the world in transitioning to a high-value, clean-tech, post-carbon economy, that works for everyone.James was appointed Green Party co-leader in May 2015. Prior to this, he helped multinational companies in the UK develop sustainable business practices.

While studying for his Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Business Leadership in the UK, James realised that he needed to engage with government and the private sector in order to create change.  With that realisation he moved back home to Wellington with the goal of becoming a member of Parliament. He believes that with vision and purpose, politicians can bring the large-scale, transformational change that is needed to create a truly inclusive economy and a healthier planet. It might be the biggest challenge of a generation, but James sees it as the greatest opportunity - he wants New Zealand to lead the way and show the world how it’s done.When he’s not living and breathing sustainable economics, he’s spending time with his wife Annabel in Aro Valley, Wellington.