Chlöe Swarbrick

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Chlöe Swarbrick

Chlöe Swarbrick headshot.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green Party List
Assumed office
23 September 2017 (2017-09-23)
Personal details
Born (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 (age 25)
Auckland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Political partyGreen Party of Aotearoa New Zealand
WebsiteGreen Party profile

Chlöe Charlotte Swarbrick (born 26 June 1994) is a New Zealand politician and entrepreneur.[1] Following a high-profile but unsuccessful run for the 2016 Auckland mayoral election, she became a candidate for the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, standing in the 2017 New Zealand general election.[2]

Swarbrick is Green Party Spokesperson for Mental Health, Drug Law Reform, Education, Arts and Heritage, Tertiary Education, Small Business, Broadcasting, Youth and Local Government.[3]

Early life[edit]

Swarbrick was born in Auckland in 1994, and went to Epsom Girls' Grammar School.[4] She entered the University of Auckland at age 17, and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.[5][6]

Career[edit]

In 2012, Swarbrick opened her first business, a New Zealand-made fashion label called The Lucid Collective, with Alex Bartley Catt.[7] Around the same time, she began working in the newsroom at the student radio station 95bFM as a news writer and news reader, before becoming a producer and eventually host of The Wire. In April 2016, she resigned from her position as a regular host.

In 2014, Swarbrick began writing for What's Good magazine. She became editor, and an owner.[8] Later that year, The Lucid Collective held a New Zealand Fashion Week side-show at the Gow Langsford Gallery and participated in the "Youthquake" exhibition at the New Zealand Fashion Museum.[9] The label went on to be stocked across Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch,[10] before Swarbrick and Bartley Catt closed the business.

Swarbrick began The Goods, an offshoot of What's Good, in late 2015. The project opened a pop-up store in St Kevin's Arcade on Karangahape Road.[11] Swarbrick won a New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Award.[12]

In 2016, Swarbrick and Bartley Catt started a digital consultancy and artist management agency called TIPS. The pair also opened a cafe and gallery, Olly, next to the Crystal Palace theatre in Mount Eden.[13]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2017–present 52nd List 7 Green

Swarbrick ran in the 2016 Auckland mayoral election, coming in third place, with 29,098 votes—almost 160,000 votes behind the winner, Phil Goff.[14] Swarbrick gained significant media attention in New Zealand largely due to her age. After losing the mayoral race, she joined the Green Party.[15]

Swarbrick gave a speech at a human blockade (organised by Auckland Peace Action) that briefly interrupted a weapons expo.[16][17][18][19][20]

Soon after joining the Green Party, Swarbrick announced she would challenge sitting Green MP Denise Roche as the party's candidate in the Auckland Central electorate for the 2017 general election. Her challenge was unsuccessful, as the local branch selected Denise Roche to stand in the seat again.[21] Swarbrick was selected instead to stand for the Maungakiekie electorate, and placed 7th on the party list.[22] She is the youngest politician to enter Parliament since Marilyn Waring in 1975.[23][24]

Parliamentary career[edit]

After the 2017 general election, Swarbrick lodged the Election Access Fund Bill (a private members bill originally drafted my Mojo Mathers) in the members ballot[25] and in February 2018 this bill was drawn from the ballot.[26] This piece of legislation aims to "establish an Election Access Fund to be administered by the Electoral Commission and used by any disabled candidate to cover disability-related costs of standing in a general election, by not-for-profit bodies to cover costs of making election education events and materials accessible, and by registered political parties to support access needs of any members to allow them to participate within the party."[26] The Bill passed its first reading in May 2018 with unanimous support.[27]

Swarbrick also inherited the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill[28] from fellow Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter.[29] Swarbrick gained endorsements from former Prime Minister Helen Clark[30] and Grey Power[31] for this piece of legislation. This Bill was however voted down in January 2018.[28] Swarbrick has since negotiated changes to David Clark's Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Act including the inclusion of local native strains of cannabis in New Zealand and a guarantee that the medicinal cannabis regulations this bill empowers be made public and functioning within a year.[32][33]

Swarbrick took on the Green Party's Drug Law Reform portfolio in January 2018.[34]

In 2018, Swarbrick launched the political podcast Authorised By with Kiri Allan.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Swarbrick is in a relationship. On the topic of her sexuality she has said she "likes people", refusing to give a label. She says she didn't come out of the closet because she was never in the closet, echoing sentiment from a conversation she had with British MP Mhairi Black.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farman, Madeleine (2 August 2014). "Entrepreneurs chase their dreams". The New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Chloe Swarbrick, Auckland mayoral candidate, joins the Greens". Newshub. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Chlöe Swarbrick MP". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ "12 Questions: Chloe Swarbrick". The New Zealand Herald. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  5. ^ "The Art of Coffee and Politics – Verve". Verve. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Let me be your ruler: The impatient ambition of Chloe Swarbrick". The Spinoff. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  7. ^ "The Lucid Collective". nzfashionmuseum.org.nz. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Interview: Chlöe Swarbrick Officially Cröwned Local Herö | The Wire | 95bFM". 95bFM. Archived from the original on 14 February 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  9. ^ Ralph, Fiona (26 September 2014). "A new movement from the NZ Fashion Museum". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  10. ^ "the unknown collective | Rebe's Runway". rebesrunway.com. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  11. ^ "The Goods Pop-Up : : DECEMBER 2015". Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  12. ^ Cactuslab. "Interview: Chlöe Swarbrick Officially Cröwned Local Herö | The Wire | 95bFM". 95bFM. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Olly — doughnuts, art and coffee collide at this über cool pitstop | The Denizen". www.thedenizen.co.nz. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  14. ^ Newshub. "Chloe Swarbrick 'hoped for better'", Newshub, NZ, 8 October 2016. Retrieved on 7 January 2017.
  15. ^ Davison, Isaac (11 November 2016). "Greens win contest for Chloe Swarbrick". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Safety counterclaims at Auckland waterfront military conference protest". Stuff. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Protest against defence industry conference turns violent in Auckland". New Zealand Herald. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Protesters forming human blockade at defence conference in Auckland". New Zealand Herald. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  19. ^ Carnegie, Tom (17 November 2016). "Safety counterclaims at Auckland waterfront military conference protest". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  20. ^ "New Zealand activists shut down an arms fair!". CAATblog. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  21. ^ Davison, Isaac. "Swarbrick misses out on Auckland Central nomination for Green Party". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Green Party unveils strongest ever candidate list". Green Party (via Scoop.co.nz). 30 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Chloe Swarbrick to be youngest MP in 42 years". Radio New Zealand. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  24. ^ Flahive, Brad (24 September 2017). "Chloe Swarbrick set to become New Zealand's youngest MP in 42 years". Stuff. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  25. ^ Swarbrick, Chlöe (29 November 2017). "This morning I lodged my first ever Member's Bill. The Election Access Fund Bill provides resource to participate in democracy, for those who face barriers that others don't. It was originally drafted by the awe-inspiring @mojomathers.pic.twitter.com/N8maLo7TpU". @_chloeswarbrick. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  26. ^ a b "Election Access Fund Bill – New Zealand Parliament". www.parliament.nz. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  27. ^ Politics, Anna Whyte; Reporter, News. "'We are silent' – politics littered with challenges for deaf/hard of hearing, new Bill aimed at breaking down barriers passes first hurdle". 1 NEWS NOW. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  28. ^ a b "Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill – New Zealand Parliament". www.parliament.nz. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  29. ^ "Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill — First Reading – New Zealand Parliament". www.parliament.nz. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  30. ^ "Helen Clark throws support behind Chloe Swarbrick's medicinal cannabis Bill". Newshub. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  31. ^ derek.cheng@nzherald.co.nz, Derek Cheng (28 January 2018). "Grey Power urges MPs to support Green's medicinal cannabis bill". The New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  32. ^ "Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill – New Zealand Parliament". www.parliament.nz. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  33. ^ "Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill — In Committee—New Clause 8A – New Zealand Parliament". www.parliament.nz. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  34. ^ "NZ's great drug debate". Newsroom. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  35. ^ "KFC, babies, and tax – the new political podcast 'Authorised By'". Stuff. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  36. ^ Walls, Jason (5 January 2019). "Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick says she never came out of the closet because she was never in it". The New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 6 January 2019.

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