Chloe Swarbrick set to become New Zealand's youngest MP in 42 years

Chloe Swarbrick (right) listens to Green Party leader James Shaw on election night.
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Chloe Swarbrick (right) listens to Green Party leader James Shaw on election night.

Chloe Swarbrick is primed to become the youngest MP to enter Parliament in 42 years, since Marilyn Waring was elected in 1975.

Swarbrick, 23, is set to benefit from being number seven on the Green Party list, needing the party to claim about 5.5 per cent of the vote to make it through.

Election night ended with the Green Party on 5.9 per cent of the total vote.

Chloe Swarbrick said said she wasn't sure what New Zealanders would think of her entering Parliament so young.
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Chloe Swarbrick said said she wasn't sure what New Zealanders would think of her entering Parliament so young.

Speaking to TVNZ, Swarbrick said she wasn't sure what New Zealanders would make of her entering Parliament so young.

"I suppose the significance of that is what people choose to read into the significance of that.

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"I would say it's supposed to be a House of Representatives," she said.

"Currently the youngest person in the previous Parliament was a tobacco lobbyist from Southland," she said, referring to disgraced MP Todd Barclay, who announced he would not seek re-election following a scandal over a recording he allegedly made of a staff member.

"I wouldn't say he's super representative of the youth of today."

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Swarbrick said the youth turnout appeared to have been "awesome".

The Green Party was also looking forward to a boost from overseas votes, she said.

Swarbrick first rose to prominence last year when she took 30,000 votes while running for the Auckland mayoralty.

Shortly after, she announced her intentions to run for the Green Party.

She campaigned on mobilising young people by placing specific focus on youth oriented issues such as mental health issues, education, housing affordability and social issues.

Prior to entering the political arena, Swarbrick dabbled in a myriad of jobs, including four years volunteering at 95bFM as a journalist and radio host.

 

 - Stuff

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