Oxfam NZ chief to run for office

AIMEE GULLIVER
Last updated 10:34 04/12/2013
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Barry Coates will run for office.

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The head of Oxfam New Zealand has announced he will step down from his role of ten years to stand as a Green Party candidate in next year's general election.

Oxfam Executive Director Barry Coates has been accepted into the Green Party candidate pool and has signalled he intends to stand as a candidate in one of the Auckland electorates.

Coates said it had been a great privilege to lead Oxfam, and he was proud of the organisation's contribution over the past decade.

"It has been a great privilege to have been able to build and lead a fantastic organisation making powerful change for the most important of causes - tackling global poverty.

"I am proud of Oxfam's contribution and my own, in making changes that have created opportunities and hope for vulnerable people over the past decade.

"There are challenges ahead, but we have put in place the foundations to further strengthen Oxfam and our allies, and to create the transformative change that will enable us to reach our vision of a just world without poverty," Coates said.

Coates will leave the organisation in March 2014. He has been in his role since September 2003.

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