Ian Ewen-Street

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Ian Ewen-Street
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
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In office
27 November 1999 – 2005
Personal details
Born 1949
Political party Green Party, National Party

Ian Ewen-Street (born 1949) is a New Zealand politician. He was a member of the Green Party and a Member of the New Zealand Parliament for the Greens from 1999 to 2005. He has been prominent in advocacy for organic farming, organic gardening and biosecurity in New Zealand.

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1999–2002 46th List 3 Green
2002–2005 47th List 6 Green

In the 1996 election, when the Green Party was part of the Alliance, Ewen-Street was the Alliance candidate for the Kaikoura electorate, where he came fourth in the candidate vote. His list ranking of 52 was far too low to enter Parliament as a list MP.[1][2]

He first entered Parliament as a list MP in the 1999 election, having been ranked third on the newly independent Green Party's party list. He was re-elected in the 2002 election. In June 2004, however, he announced that he would be retiring from politics at the next election, saying that the birth of his daughter meant that he wanted to spend more time at home.

In August 2006, Ewen-Street joined the National Party, saying his passion for the environment hasn't changed, but he believes more progress can be made through a major party such as National.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Ewen-Street was in a relationship with Sue Grey, a Nelson environmental lawyer. Ewen-Street resigned from parliament when he fell in love with Grey while she was appearing before his select committee on the scampi inquiry.[4] Ewen-Street also laid a police complaint when Grey was fired from the Department of Conservation.[5]

The couple have a young daughter Ysabella, and Grey has a daughter and son from a previous relationship.[6] They have since split up.


  1. ^ "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place - Kaikoura, 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Part III - Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Former Green MP joins National". One News. 5 August 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Young, Audrey (2 May 2003). "New Zealand Herald". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "The riddle of the sacked lawyer". Stuff.co.nz. New Zealand. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Coddington, Deborah (2005). "Bye-bye Beehive, now let's rip". The New Zealand Herald.