“Mark my words… we are going to build the biggest Green movement that any of you have ever seen.”
Swarbrick’s no stranger to political stardom – her rise starting in 2016 when she ran to be Auckland’s Mayor at just 22, when she came third.
The Greens snapped her up and, in 2017 at age 23, she made it to Parliament – becoming the youngest MP in more than four decades.
In the 2020 election, she aimed higher – swimming against the red wave to take the Auckland Central. She was the first Green MP to win an electorate without a deal.
And, last year, she retained the seat.
During her six years in Parliament, the self-confessed radical has been under the co-leaders’ wings – and now feels ready to fill James Shaw’s pragmatic shoes.