James Peter Edward Shaw is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Shaw was elected the partys male co-leader in May 2015, Shaw was born in Wellington, and raised by his mother. He attended Wellington High School and Victoria University of Wellington, Shaw first tried his hand at politics in 1992 standing for the Wellington City Council on a Green ticket. He contested the Western Ward and came out of ten candidates. He later moved to London, living there for 12 years, Shaw completed an MSc in sustainability and business leadership at the University of Bath School of Management in 2005. Prior to returning to Wellington in 2010, Shaw worked in the division at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Between 2011 and 2014, Shaw worked as both a consultant for HSBC bank on environmental awareness programmes for leaders and also at Wellington social enterprise the Akina Foundation. In the 2011 election, Shaw stood in the Wellington Central electorate and he came third in the candidate vote after Labour and National, but second in the party vote, beating Labour into third place. He was 15th on the 2011 party list and the candidate who did not make it into Parliament. Shaw has said that in the 2011 Greens selection process, party members didnt have a lot of time to get to know me and he says he has proved his worth to the party subsequently, and was rewarded with a higher list ranking in the 2014 election. Shaw was one of two Green Party members with significantly increased draft list rankings in March 2014, there will be many that see Shaw as a future co-leader of the party. Shaw was elected to Parliament in the 2014 general election on the Green Party list, when Russel Norman announced his retirement from the co-leadership position, Shaw was one of the four candidates who ran to replace him. At the Green Party AGM on 30 May 2015 he received the highest number of votes, Shaw won 54 per cent of the first preference votes, compared to Kevin Hague who won 44 per cent. The day after becoming co-leader, he called for a cross-party consensus on climate change, Shaw believes that the market can be reformed to incorporate sustainability within its normal operations. Shaw and his live in Aro Valley. Profile at the Green Party Interview with James Shaw by Claire Browning
Image: James Shaw, 2014
Shaw at the triennial Aro Valley candidates meeting.