Our History

The Young Greens are the youth network of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. We represent Greens up to the age of 35 years old.

We are the most active network of the Party with hundreds of members around the country.

The Young Greens have an MP, Chlöe Swarbrick, in Parliament.

We hold two major events each year. Our legendary Summer Camp is traditionally held at Jeanette Fitzsimons’ farm in the Coromandel. This is where we have our Annual General Meeting and elect our officers for the year. We have also had a Winter Camp, which is held in the Wellington region, for the past few years. Both of these camps are a great opportunity to meet fellow Young Greens and take part in workshops and activism to take your political engagement to the next level!

The Young Greens are an important part of the Green election campaign. We are particularly focused on improving the rate of enrolment and voting among young people, especially 18-24 year olds, through our Mobilising Aotearoa voter enrolment campaign.

We were founded in 2006 by Gareth Hughes to bring Young Greens from across NZ together, to grow our campus groups, and to build momentum for the 2008 election.

In the early days we had campaigns were focused on things like youth rates, climate change (of course!), and lowering the Green Party youth list ranking criteria (candidates now have to be under the age of 35 at time of election to be considered a young green).

We built on the momentum of the campus activities and in 2007 Gareth organised the first summer camp at Jeanette Fitzsimons’s farm. The party contributed funds to support travel, and we had around 40 Young Greens come from every corner of the country. In preparation for the camp the campus coordinators drew up job tasks for a new Young Green executive. This was also our first annual meeting and we elected our first exec. Gareth Hughes, then Young Green MP, was elected convener. He then organised an even larger summer camp the next year, where around 60-70 attended.

Here is a list of our previous co-conveners:

2007 – Gareth Hughes
2008 – Gareth Hughes/Luke Stewart
2009 – Georgina Morrison and Zack Dorner
2010 – Holly Walker and Aaryn Barlow
2011 – Brooklynne Kennedy and Vernon Tava
2012 – Izzy Lomax-Sawyers and Jackson James Wood
2013 – Lucy Gordon and Philip Nannestad
2014 – Terri Gough and Zane McCarthy
2015 – Ana Martin and Zane McCarthy
2016 – Ana Martin and Ben Ogilvie/Ricardo Menendez March
2017 – Meg Williams and Elliot Crossan
2018 – Mona Oliver and Max Tweedie