Steffan Browning

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Steffan Browning
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green party list
Assumed office
30 November 2011 (2011-11-30)
Personal details
Born (1954-07-03) 3 July 1954 (age 62)
Political party Green

Steffan John Browning (born 3 July 1954) is a New Zealand politician of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2011.

Early life[edit]

Browning was born in Clyde, New Zealand in 1954.[1] He has been employed by the Soil & Health Association as its spokesperson since 2003.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2011–2014 50th List 10 Green
2014–present 51st List 14 Green

Browning is a member of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. He was ranked 19th on their party list at the 2002 election, eleventh in 2005 and twelfth in 2008. He stood as the Greens candidate in the Kaikōura electorate.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Browning was placed in tenth place on the Green Party list for the 2011 election,[3] when he was elected to Parliament, with the Greens gaining 14 seats. For the 2014 election, he was initially demoted to number 15,[4][5] but was number 14 on the final list after twelfth-ranked Holly Walker subsequently withdrew from the list.[6] The Greens again won 14 seats and Browning returned to parliament as their last MP from the party list.[7] Based on preliminary election results, he would have missed out.[8][9]

Homeopathy controversy[edit]

In November 2014 the Green Party stripped Browning of his natural health products portfolio, after he signed and shared an online petition supporting the use of homeopathy to treat Ebola virus disease.[10] Party co-leader Metiria Turei described Browning's actions as "a mistake", and said that the portfolio change was designed to reassure the public that the Greens "take health issues seriously".[11] Browning said he did not oppose homeopathy on a personal level.[12]

Announcement that he would not contest the 2017 general election[edit]

On 15 December 2016, he announced alongside Catherine Delahunty that he will not be seeking re-election in the 2017 election.[13]


  1. ^ a b Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. "Steffan Browning". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Soil & Health Association of New Zealand Inc. "Soil & Health Media Releases". Organic NZ. Archived from the original on 28 November 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "2011 election candidates" (Press release). Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "2014 election candidates" (Press release). Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Greens unveil party list for election". TVNZ. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Green MP Holly Walker to step down from party list" (Press release). Green Party. Scoop. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Rutherford, Hamish (4 October 2014). "National loses majority, Greens pick up one". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Provisional List of Successful Candidates -- 2014 General Election - Preliminary Results". Electoral Commission. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Bell, Cathie (20 September 2014). "National's Stuart Smith wins Kaikoura". The Marlborough Express. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Gulliver, A (30 October 2014). "PM says using homeopathy to treat Ebola is mad". Fairfax. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Davison, I (4 November 2014). "MP demoted after suggesting homeopathy use in Ebola fight". The New Zealand Herald. APN. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Crayton-Brown, B (4 November 2014). "MP loses portfolio over Ebola petition". Fairfax. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Green Party MPs Catherine Delahunty and Steffan Browning not seeking re-election". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.