Chloe Swarbrick, Golriz Ghahraman set to become MPs

There's been a huge shake up in the Green Party with the release of its final candidate list for the upcoming election.

Former Auckland mayoral candidate Chloe Swarbrick and Auckland barrister Golriz Ghahraman have both been ranked in the top ten and are almost certain to make it into Parliament.

The Greens currently have 14 MPs in Parliament after getting 10.7 percent at the 2014 election. The latest Newshub Reid Research poll had the Greens slightly above that on 11.2 percent.

Another famous young female face has climbed up the ranks - TV presenter and sportswoman Hayley Holt has bolted up from a ranking of 29 to number 17 on the list.

Ms Ghahraman jumped five places from her previous ranking at number 15 to 10 and Ms Swarbrick has jumped four places from number 13 to 9.

Former United Nations prosecutor Golriz Ghahraman, originally from Iran, will become New Zealand's first refugee MP. Ms Swarbrick will become the youngest MP to enter Parliament in 42 years. 

The women's rise comes at the expense of some older sitting MPs. Denise Roche and David Clendon have both been dropped to marginal list spots at 15 and 16 respectively.

New Zealand's only deaf MP, Mojo Mathers, has also sacrificed her high list ranking, dropping three spots.

Jack McDonald has dropped from 9 down to 13, while Kennedy Graham has risen from 11 to 8.

Greens co-leader James Shaw says "Our returning MPs are joined in the top 20 candidates by new Maori and Pasifika candidates, a human rights lawyer and refugee, indigenous rights activists, climate change campaigners, business people, a farmer, a former diplomat, and a TV presenter."

The final list was voted on by Green party members, here's the top 20:

1 Metiria Turei

2 James Shaw

3 Marama Davidson

4 Julie Anne Genter

5 Eugenie Sage

6 Gareth Hughes

7 Jan Logie

8 Kennedy Graham

9 Chloe Swarbrick

10 Golriz Ghahraman

11 Mojo Mathers

12 Barry Coates

13 Jack McDonald

14 John Hart

15 Denise Roche

16 David Clendon

17 Hayley Holt

18 Teall Crossen

19 Teanau Tuiono

20 Leilani Tamu

Newshub. 

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