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David James Clendon (born 11 September 1955) is a New Zealand politician and member of the Green Party. Following the resignation of Sue Bradford, Clendon became a member of the House of Representatives on 2 November 2009.

David Clendon
David Clendon (cropped).jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green party list
In office
30 October 2009 (2009-10-30) – 23 September 2017
Preceded bySue Bradford
Co-convenor of the Green Party
In office
Serving with Catherine Delahunty
Preceded byRichard Davies
Succeeded byPaul de Spa
Personal details
Born (1955-09-11) 11 September 1955 (age 64)
Helensville, New Zealand
Political partyGreen (1990–present)
Domestic partnerLindis

Personal lifeEdit

Clendon is of Ngāpuhi, Te Roroa and Pākehā descent. He is a descendant of James Reddy Clendon, the United States Consul in New Zealand. He has a partner, Lindis, and one daughter Kaya.[1]

Political careerEdit

Clendon joined the Green Party in 1990.[2] In both the 1999 and 2005 elections, Clendon polled third in the seat of Waitakere,[3][4] ranked 19th[5] and 12th on the party list, respectively.[6]

Clendon was the co-convenor of the Green Party from 2001 to 2004. He did not contest the 2002 general election because the party's constitution bars co-convenors from standing for parliament.

Along with MPs Russel Norman and Nándor Tánczos, and former MP Mike Ward, Clendon contested the Green's male leadership role in 2005 after the unexpected death of co-leader Rod Donald, saying that it made sense to "appoint an out-of-Parliament leader, rather than stretch the sitting MPs even further."[6] Russel Norman won the leadership after a vote at a party AGM in June 2006.[7]

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2009–2011 49th List 10 Green
2011–2014 50th List 8 Green
2014–2017 51st List 11 Green

In the 2008 general election Clendon was ranked tenth on the Green list and stood as a candidate in the Helensville electorate, coming third with 5.96% of the electorate vote. Following the resignation of list MP Sue Bradford, Clendon entered Parliament as he was next on the Green party list.[8] He became a Member of Parliament on 2 November 2009 [9] and delivered his maiden speech to Parliament on 17 November.[10]

A private member's bill in Clendon's name was drawn from the ballot in February 2010. The Smart Meters (Consumer Choice) Bill would require that domestic power users be advised on the options available for the use of smart meters in their homes.[11] It was voted down by the Government later that year.[12]

In the 2011 election, Clendon unsuccessfully contested the Mount Albert electorate but was re-elected as a list MP ranked eighth.[13] In the 2014 election, he stood in the Northland electorate and was re-elected as a list MP ranked eleventh. He did not contest the 2015 Northland by-election, but was planning to stand in the seat again in the 2017 election.[14]

On 7 August 2017,[15] Clendon and fellow Green Party MP Kennedy Graham announced that they were planning to resign as Green Party candidates for the 2017 election, after revelations that Party co-leader Metiria Turei committed benefit and electoral fraud.[16] Graham and Clendon stated that their resignations were due to the public positions she had taken regarding her offending, and her subsequent refusal to step down from her leadership role.[16][17][18] The next day, both Clendon and Graham resigned from the Party caucus,[19][17] after there were moves to remove them involuntarily.[16] On 9 August 2017, Turei resigned as Co-Leader of the Party and as a list candidate for the 2017 election.[20]

Spokesperson rolesEdit

Clendon was the Green Party's spokesperson on the Auckland Supercity,[21] Commerce, Consumer Affairs,[12] Corrections,[22] ICT, Resource Management Act,[23] Small Business, Tertiary Education, Tourism, Maori Affairs and Research Science and Technology.[1]


  1. ^ a b "David Clendon". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  2. ^ Latif, Justin (4 December 2009). "Green MP talks transport". North Harbour News. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  3. ^ "56_Waitakere_cp" (Microsoft Excel document). Elections New Zealand. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Official Count Results – Waitakere". Elections New Zealand. 1 October 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  6. ^ a b Thomson, Ainsley (24 April 2006). "Greens' co-leader contest gets testy". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 May 2007.
  7. ^ "Green Co-Leader announced" (Press release). Green Party. 3 June 2006. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  8. ^ Lundy, Sharon (25 September 2009). "Bradford's replacement 'very excited'". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  9. ^ "New list MP for Green Party". Chief Electoral Office. Elections New Zealand. 2 November 2009. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  10. ^ "New Greens MP delivers maiden speech". 3 News. 17 November 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
  11. ^ "Smart Meters (Consumer Choice) Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Government fails to protect electricity consumers" (Press release). Green Party. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  13. ^ "Party lists for the 2011 General Election". Elections New Zealand. 2 November 2011. Archived from the original on 10 November 2011.
  14. ^ "Clendon to stand for Greens in Northland". The New Zealand Herald. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Statement from James Shaw on Kennedy Graham and David Clendon". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017 – via
  16. ^ a b c Patterson, Jane; McCulloch, Craig (8 August 2017). "Green Party in chaos after two MPs rebel". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Rogue Green MPs withdraw from caucus". Radio New Zealand. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  18. ^ Clendon, David; Graham, Kennedy (7 August 2017). "Joint Statement" (PDF). Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Rogue Green MPs withdraw from caucus – party 'united' behind co-leader Metiria Turei". 8 August 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Metiria Turei resigns as Green Party co-leader". Radio New Zealand. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  21. ^ "New Super Mayor Will Be Stuck With Huge Bill". 14 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  22. ^ "Private Prisons cost more" (Press release). Green Party. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  23. ^ "Greens: National Buries Plans To Protect The Best Of Our Coastline". 6 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard Davies
Co-convenor of the Green Party
Served alongside: Catherine Delahunty
Succeeded by
Paul de Spa