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Catherine Delahunty (born 1953) is a New Zealand politician and environmentalist. From 2008 election until 2017 she was a member of parliament in the House of Representatives representing the Green Party.

Catherine Delahunty
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green Party List
In office
8 November 2008 (2008-11-08) – 23 September 2017 (2017-09-23)
4th Female co-convenor of the Green Party
In office
Serving with
LeaderJeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald
Preceded byDavid Clendon
Succeeded byPaul de Spa and Karen Davies
Personal details
Born1953 (age 65–66)
NationalityNew Zealander
Political partyGreen
WebsiteGreen Party profile

During her time as an MP she served variously as the Green Party spokesperson on Education, Water, Toxics, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Mining (Terrestrial), Forestry, Civil Defence, Disability Issues, Women's Affairs, Arts, Culture & Heritage, and the Community & Voluntary Sector.[1]

Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th List 8 Green
2011–2014 50th List 4 Green
2014–2017 51st List 6 Green

Delahunty was the female co-convenor of the Green Party from 2003 to 2005. She has been placed high on the Greens' list for several years, just missing getting into Parliament on several occasions.

Member of ParliamentEdit

Delahunty was placed at number eight on the Green Party list for the 2008 election. She was elected as a Green Party MP and gained the fourth highest number of candidate votes in the East Coast electorate.[2] In 2011 Delahunty was ranked at number 4 on the final Greens list for the 2011 general election.

In June 2009, Delahunty's Customs and Excise (Sustainable Forestry) Amendment Bill, which would have prohibited the import of timber produced unsustainably or illegally, was drawn from the member's ballot.[3] The bill was defeated at its first reading.[4]

In the 2014 general election, Delahunty was ranked number 6 on the Green Party list, a demotion of two places relative to her 2011 ranking.[5] Despite that, Delahunty easily got reelected to parliament.

On 15 December 2016, she announced alongside Steffan Browning that she will not be seeking re-election in the 2017 general election.[6][7]

Party political offices
Preceded by
David Clendon
Co-convenor of the Green Party
with David Clendon and Paul de Spa

Succeeded by
Paul de Spa and Karen Davies


  1. ^ Green Party – MP Profile – Catherine Delahunty
  2. ^ "Election Results – East Coast". New Zealand Ministry of Justice, Chief Electoral Office. November 2008. Archived from the original on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Customs and Excise (Sustainable Forestry) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  4. ^ New Zealand Parliamentary Debates 18 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Green Party unveils strong party list for 2014 election". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ Nicholas Jones (15 December 2016). "Green Party MPs Catherine Delahunty and Steffan Browning to retire from politics". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 16 December 2016.

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