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Eugenie Sage

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Email: eugenie [dot] sage [at] parliament [dot] govt [dot] nz

Green Party spokesperson on:

Environment, Conservation, Water, Local Government, Christchurch, Land Information, Resource Management issues

Eugenie grew up and went to university in Auckland but is now a committed Mainlander having lived in Christchurch since 1990 and experienced many of the more than 4000 earthquakes which have rocked the region since 2010.

As a student journalist and an active member of Ecology Action and Friends of the Earth at Auckland University Eugenie campaigned for change to better protect our environment. Now as a Green MP she does it as the Party's spokesperson on environment and conservation and water.

Eugenie has degrees in law and history and a diploma in journalism. Before entering Parliament she had a long professional career in environmental advocacy. She has been involved in RMA advocacy on numerous district and regional plans, and major resource consents for more than 25 years at both council and Environment Court level and has been a certified RMA hearings commissioner.

She worked for Forest and Bird for more than 13 years playing a leading role in Forest and Bird's successful campaigns to protect West Coast forests from logging and to establish conservation parks in the South Island high country. She was made a Distinguished Life Member of Forest and Bird in 2011.

Eugenie is inspired by the late great Kevin Smith former conservation director of Forest and Bird and the late Rod Donald, former Green co leader. Both were passionate and committed to a better Aotearoa and gave their all to achieving that.

Campaigning to protect Canterbury's braided rivers such as the Waimakariri, Hurunui and Rakaia from more irrigation takes and pollution took Eugenie into local government and then national politics. In 2007 she won a seat on the Canterbury Regional Council on a platform of clean water, improved land use and better care of the region's waterways and aquifers.

After the National Government axed elected councillors on Environment Canterbury Regional Council in 2010, because they were obstructing the Government's plans for more irrigation development, Eugenie stood for selection and entered Parliament as a Green list MP in 2011.

Eugenie says there have been many changes at Parliament since the late 1980s when she worked in the Government Research Unit and as a Ministerial press secretary.. MMP means MPs better represent New Zealand's diversity and has of course ensured Green representation.

In Parliament, Eugenie is deputy chair of the Local Government and Environment select committee. She has led the Greens' work in scrutinising the National Government's attacks on major legislation such as the Resource Management and Local Government Acts, and bills to establish state of the environment reporting and weaken our conservation law.

She values working with individuals and community organisations who are standing up and speaking out for wild nature such as protecting the Tukituki River from the Ruataniwha dam, winding back water pollution and changing the law to achieve more marine reserves.

"We can and must have wild places across New Zealand where our natural landscapes are protected and our unique plants and wildlife thrive, and rivers which are clean and healthy from their source to the sea. No environment: no economy."

Spare time - limited but reading, growing fruit and vegetables , tame mountain biking and walks in wild places.

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