Hon Eugenie Sage’s passion for nature and a healthy environment has driven her work as a Green MP and now Minister. As Greens’ water spokesperson 2011-2014, she launched and led the party’s swimmable rivers campaign, which helped make water an election issue in 2017.
Eugenie was a member of the Local Government and Environment select committee from 2011-September 2017; and deputy chair from 2011-2014.
She is a former Environment Canterbury regional councillor from 2007-2010. The restoration of regional democracy in Canterbury is one of her priorities this term.
Eugenie worked for Forest and Bird for 13 years and played a key role in the Society’s campaigns to protect West Coast forests and South Island high country, and in its RMA advocacy to protect indigenous biodiversity. She has degrees in law and history and a diploma in journalism.
“As a child growing up in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland I was able to climb trees, play in a stream, and swim at the beach. I want nature to thrive and all children and New Zealanders to be able to enjoy wild and natural places close to where they live. It’s part of what makes us New Zealanders.”