The Green Party's candidate for Ikaroa-Rawhiti says she wants to speak up for people shut out of decision-making.
Marama Davidson is representing the Greens in next month's by-election in the eastern Maori electorate.
The mother of six children is currently working on the Owen Glenn Inquiry into family violence and child abuse, and is also a blogger and political commentator.
She says she will fight to protect the land and the sea, which she says are under threat from deep-sea oil drilling, fracking and mining.
Ms Davidson says not enough long-term sustainability is not being considered for the land and the people.
She says she's standing for the Greens because it has a tradition of intelligent activism, and she wants to give a voice to people who have not been part of the decision-making process.