David Clendon

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David Clendon
David Clendon.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green party list
Assumed office
30 October 2009 (2009-10-30)
Preceded by Sue Bradford
Co-convenor of the Green Party
In office
Serving with Catherine Delahunty
Preceded by Richard Davies
Succeeded by Paul de Spa
Personal details
Born (1955-09-11) 11 September 1955 (age 61)
Helensville, New Zealand
Political party Green (1990–present)
Domestic partner Lindis
Children Kaya
Residence New Lynn, Auckland
Website Green Party profile

David James Clendon (born 11 September 1955) is a New Zealand politician and member of the Green Party. Following the resignation of Sue Bradford, Clendon became a member of the House of Representatives on 2 November 2009.

Personal life[edit]

Clendon is of Ngāpuhi, Te Roroa and Pākehā descent. He has a partner, Lindis, and one daughter Kaya.[1]

Political career[edit]

Clendon joined the Green Party in 1990.[2] In both the 1999 election and the 2005 election Clendon polled third in the seat of Waitakere,[3][4] ranked nineteenth[not in citation given] and twelfth on the party list respectively.[5]

Clendon was the co-convenor of the Green Party from 2001 to 2004. He did not contest the 2002 general election because the party's constitution bars co-convenors from standing for parliament.

Along with MPs Russel Norman and Nándor Tánczos, and former MP Mike Ward, Clendon contested the Green's male leadership role in 2005 after the unexpected death of co-leader Rod Donald, saying that it made sense to "appoint an out-of-Parliament leader, rather than stretch the sitting MPs even further."[5] Russel Norman won the leadership after a vote at a party AGM in June 2006.[6]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2009–2011 49th List 10 Green
2011–2014 50th List 8 Green
2014–present 51st List 11 Green

In the 2008 general election Clendon was ranked tenth on the Green list and stood as a candidate in the Helensville electorate, coming third with 5.96% of the electorate vote. Following the resignation of list MP Sue Bradford, Clendon entered Parliament as he was next on the Green party list.[7] He became a member of parliament on 2 November 2009.[8] On 17 November he gave his maiden speech to Parliament.[9] He contested the Mount Albert electorate in the 2011 election and was re-elected as a list MP ranked eighth,[10] and stood in the Northland electorate in the 2014 election and was re-elected as a list MP ranked eleventh. On 27 January 2017 it was announced that Clendon had been elected unopposed as the Green Party's candidate for Northland for the 2017 election.[11]

Private Member's Bill[edit]

In February 2010, Clendon's Smart Meters (Consumer Choice) Bill was drawn from the member's ballot,[12] but in May 2010 it was voted down by the National and ACT parties' majority.[13]

Spokesperson roles[edit]

Clendon is the Green Party's spokesperson on the Auckland Supercity,[14] Commerce, Consumer Affairs,[13] Corrections,[15] ICT, Resource Management Act,[16] Small Business, Tertiary Education, Tourism, Maori Affairs and Research Science and Technology.[1]


  1. ^ a b "David Clendon". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Latif, Justin (4 December 2009). "Green MP talks transport". North Harbour News. Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "56_Waitakere_cp" (Microsoft Excel document). Elections New Zealand. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Official Count Results – Waitakere". Elections New Zealand. 1 October 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Thomson, Ainsley (24 April 2006). "Greens' co-leader contest gets testy". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 May 2007. 
  6. ^ "Green Co-Leader announced" (Press release). Green Party. 3 June 2006. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Lundy, Sharon (25 September 2009). "Bradford's replacement 'very excited'". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "New list MP for Green Party". Chief Electoral Office. Elections New Zealand. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "New Greens MP delivers maiden speech". 3 News. 17 November 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Party lists for the 2011 General Election". Elections New Zealand. 2 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Clendon to stand for Greens in Northland". The Northern Advocate. The New Zealand Herald. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Smart Meters (Consumer Choice) Bill". Parliament of New Zealand. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Government fails to protect electricity consumers" (Press release). Green Party. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "New Super Mayor Will Be Stuck With Huge Bill". Voxy.co.nz. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Private Prisons cost more" (Press release). Green Party. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Greens: National Buries Plans To Protect The Best Of Our Coastline". Voxy.co.nz. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard Davies
Co-convenor of the Green Party
Served alongside: Catherine Delahunty
Succeeded by
Paul de Spa