Hon Marama Davidson
Marama was born to two young, urban Māori activists for social and environmental justice and brings that upbringing with her to Parliament. Being of Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, and Ngāti Porou descent, she’s passionate about improving outcomes for the many and not just the few, including for Māori. Marama always looks to work with community leaders who do the hard work on the ground every day in building community.
Prior to becoming an MP, Marama worked for the Human Rights Commission for 10 years, and was the Chief Panelist for the Glenn Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. Her own publicly declared experience with sexual violence and her involvement in the inquiry have placed family and sexual violence at the forefront of her political radar. She brought this experience to the role as Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence, following on from the work Green MP Jan Logie led as Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues).
Marama and her husband have her six children and they live in Manurewa with four of their children, a son-in-law and their mokopuna. Over the past five years she has dedicated her efforts to understanding the housing crisis around the country, and is deeply committed to helping those with the greatest need get into secure housing. As Associate Minister for Housing with responsibility for addressing homelessness, Marama brought her expertise and commitment to create real change for our communities.