Green MP talks transport
Motorcycle enthusiast David Clendon is finally in Parliament after 10 years of trying.
The Green MP and Avondale resident gave his maiden speech this month and replaces Sue Bradford who resigned on September 25.
The 54-year-old was 10th on his party’s list at the last election and has had a long involvement in politics.
But he says the latest development in his career is a little daunting.
"I lived in Whangaparaoa and was on the local ratepayers’ association, board of trustees and helped found the Hibiscus Coast Environmental Protection Society," he says.
"I joined the Greens in 1990 and was involved off and on before running at the 1999 elections.
"It’s certainly going to be very demanding."
Mr Clendon will be the second generation of his family to work in parliamentary circles.
His father was a public service chauffeur for ministers and senior government officials more than 20 years ago.
"Recalling that he once provided a service to members of this House will remind me to show due humility and respect to the small army of people who support members in a myriad of ways," he says.
Mr Clendon worked in New Lynn for the Sustainable Business Network before taking up the new role.
He says it will be difficult following in Ms Bradford’s footsteps.
"I’ve got to carve out my own niche." he says.
"Sue had a very high- profile career over 10 years so it’s up to me to be equally busy, and find things to do."
Mr Clendon has taken a particular interest in plans to increase ACC levies on people registering motorcycles.
He owns a scooter and a 1000cc road bike and says the government’s plans are founded on flawed statistics.
"It’s going to cost me $875 a year to keep my big motorcycle registered," he says.
"There will be a lot of temptation for people not to register bikes but I’ll be registering both of mine.
"I think the government is trying to resolve a problem that isn’t even there."
His interest in green politics grew after his travels around South-east Asia as a young man.
"I came to realise how valuable this place is," he says.
"And then I had a daughter and that makes you think a bit more longterm.
"The environment is what we rely on – it’s where our wealth comes from at some level via air, water and land and it’s about people as well – people’s lives and well-being are tied up with the environment’s well-being."
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