MOJO CELESTE MATHERS (née MINROD, born 23 November 1966) is a New Zealand politician and a former member of the New Zealand House of Representatives . She became known through her involvement with the Malvern Hills Protection Society and helped prevent the Central Plains Water Trust's proposal to build a large irrigation dam in Coalgate . She has been a senior policy advisor to the Green Party since 2006 and has stood for the party in the last three general elections. Her candidacy for the 2011 election created significant media interest due to her high placing on the Green Party's list. Mathers was elected to the 50th term of Parliament, becoming the country's first deaf Member of Parliament.
* 1 Private life * 2 Professional life * 3 Political career * 4 References * 5 External links
Mathers was born in London, UK in 1966. Her parents named her after
Mathers "was born profoundly deaf after oxygen was cut to her as newborn baby during a difficult birth". She is not, however, mute, and is a lipreader . She only began to make significant use of Sign Language in the late 2000s (saying she had "found it very useful for some situations"), preferring to lipread and communicate orally before that.
Her grandfather was the legal philosopher
H. L. A. Hart
Mathers has an Honours degree in Mathematics and a master's degree in Conservation Forestry. She has applied her environmental ethos to her work, being the joint owner of a "small business offering forestry management services" from 2001 to 2006. She has been a senior policy advisor to the Green Party since 2006.
Her interest in political environmentalism began when she settled in Coalgate , a village in Canterbury region in New Zealand. She became spokeswoman for the local community's opposition to the building of a large dam, proposed by the Central Plains Water Trust as part of a broader project to "convert the local area into intensive dairy farming". She was a founding member of the Malvern Hills Protection Society which "managed to stop the dam being built".
Mathers first stood for Parliament in the 2005 election in the Rakaia electorate , when she was ranked 16th on the Green Party list, winning 1,631 votes. In 2008 she was ranked 13th and contested Christchurch East , winning 1,843 votes. On neither occasion was she elected.
Years Term Electorate List Party
2011 –2014 50th List 14 Green
2014 –2017 51st List 9 Green
At the 2011 general election , she was number 14 on the list , and
stood again in Christchurch East. She finished third in her
constituency, with 4.5% of the electorate vote, but her main hopes
had lain with being elected as a list MP. Indeed, opinion polls just
prior to the election had indicated that the Greens could hope for up
to fifteen MPs, and
Mathers had previously made submissions to Parliament on bills, opposing clauses of the Resource Management (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Bill 2009 and arguing for the "setting of minimum environmental standards" across the country. She also wrote in opposition to the Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill 2009 , arguing it "would substantially weaken the existing emissions trading scheme , reducing incentives to reduce emissions while providing large ongoing subsidies to climate polluters at enormous cost to the taxpayer".
Mathers describes her areas of policy interest as "rural issues, biodiversity, forestry and water, as well as animal welfare, disability and women's rights".
As an MP, Mathers was provided, after some delay, with an electronic
note-keeping assistant. Speaker
She lost her seat in the September 2017 general election .
* ^ A B "First deaf MP to join Parliament", New Zealand Herald, 10
* ^ A B C D E F G "Mojo Mathers". Green Party of Aotearoa New
Zealand. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
* ^ A B C D E Danya Levy (23 November 2011). "