Georgina Beyer to stand for Mana

MICHAEL FOX
Last updated 14:40 27/07/2014
Georgina Beyer
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Former Labour MP and Carterton Mayor Georgina Beyer.

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Former Labour Party MP Georgina Beyer has announced she will stand for Mana at the next election.

Mana leader Hone Harawira has revealed Beyer will stand in Te Tai Tonga.

"It's great to have Georgie on board," Harawira said.

"She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That makes her an ideal fit for Mana."

Harawira said the party wanted to boost Mana's profile to help change the government and Beyer was a "respected household name in politics so she's an important part of helping achieve that goal".

Beyer -- who is suffering from kidney failure and requires daily dialysis is in need of a kidney transplant -- was an MP from 1999 till 2007, including when Labour passed its controversial Foreshore and Seabed legislation, which led to the formation of the Maori Party.

Beyer said her health issues would not stand in her way. "I'm really excited and things are already full steam ahead for the campaign," she said.

"My health is steady, so it's great to have a new challenge."

Beyer, the world's first transgender MP and a former mayor of Carterton, originally opposed the Foreshore and Seabed Act before changing her mind, saying it was the will of her electorate.

She then quit Parliament, disillusioned over the legislation and after being passed up for promotion by former Prime Minister Helen Clark.

She will stand against Labour's incumbent Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene and the Maori Party's Ngaire Button for the seat.

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