Image: Green candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, Te Ata Browne
This article was first published on 6th September 2019
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With politicians in Westminster currently wrangling over whether/when to call a general election, the Green Party in Crewe and Nantwich has prepared itself and announced its candidate.
Greens in Crewe and Nantwich have chosen campaigner and local resident Te Ata Browne to stand in the general election, which may take place within the next few weeks.
Te Ata lives in Oakhanger, near Haslington, and is a councillor and vice chairperson on Crewe Green Parish Council.
She holds the position of second officer for Cheshire East Green Party and is an active environmental campaigner.
Te Ata is passionate about wildlife and sustainability, with a background of woodland planting and management, and she is an avid beekeeper.
Originally from New Zealand, Te Ata moved over to the UK in 2001 and her party describes her as having “strong family values.”
Te Ata descends from a long line of feminist women: her mother worked with Women’s Refuge, her grandmother was a peace activist involved with CND, Greenpeace, Red Cross and Freedom for Timor.
Te Ata’s experiences in New Zealand (where she grew up in simplicity on Great Barrier Island – the only island in the world to receive Dark Sky sanctuary status) have provided her with a strong appreciation for the natural environment.
She is one of the founding members of Naked Lunch Co-Operative Cafe, as well as acting as a green business consultant to the award-winning social enterprise Hedge Arts.
A local party spokesperson said: “Ta Ata’s personal experience in agriculture, BBKA member and volunteer at Jodrell Bank science events and helping young children read makes her an ideal candidate for championing diversity in the Crewe and Nantwich constituency.”
They added: “Te Ata’s ambitions are in line with the Green Party’s core values to redirect economic policy away from an obsession with growth and towards public wellbeing, to make great efforts to get climate change at the top of the political agenda, with a personal focus on biodiversity and agriculture.”