Eugenie Sage

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Eugenie Sage

Eugenie Sage
14th Minister of Conservation
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byMaggie Barry
Minister for Land Information
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byMark Mitchell
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green party list
Assumed office
10 December 2011 (2011-12-10)
Personal details
Born1958 (age 60–61)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political partyGreen
RelationsPat Suggate (father-in-law)

Eugenie Meryl Sage (born 1958)[1] is a New Zealand politician and environmentalist. Since the 2011 election, she has been a Green Party list MP in the House of Representatives and currently serves as the Minister of Conservation and Land Information, as well as holding the Associate Minister for the Environment portfolio.

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2011–2014 50th List 6 Green
2014–2017 51st List 4 Green
2017–present 52nd List 4 Green

Sage was a field officer and spokesperson for Forest and Bird[2] before being elected as councillor for the Selwyn-Banks Peninsula Regional Constituency of Environment Canterbury at the 2007 local elections.[3] She lost her seat when the Environment Canterbury Council were replaced by Commissioners on 1 May 2010.[4]

In October 2010 she was appointed as a community member to the Selwyn-Waihora Zone Water Management Committee of Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS).[5]

Sage contested the Selwyn electorate at the 2011 general election for the Green Party. Although she did not win the electorate, she was ranked at sixth on the party's list.[6] The Green Party received sufficient votes to return 14 list members and Sage was elected to Parliament. In addition to her caucus responsibilities as her party's spokesperson on Christchurch, conservation, environment, land information, local government, resource management issues, and water, Sage serves as deputy chairperson of the local government and environment committee.[7]

In the 2014 election, Sage contested the Port Hills electorate and was returned to Parliament again via the Green Party list.[8] Following the 2017 election, Sage assumed the ministerial portfolios for Conservation and Land Information, and Associate Minister for the Environment.[9]


  1. ^ Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand List Ranking Process 2011 Candidate Information.
  2. ^ Eugenie Sage, Committee Member Biographies - Selwyn-Waihora Zone Water Management Committee - Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS), retrieved 4 January 2011.
  3. ^ 2007 Election results announcement 17 October 2007 Archived 14 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine - ECan website, retrieved 3 January 2011.
  4. ^ Meeting of Environment Canterbury commissioners - ECan website media release 30 April 2010, retrieved 3 January 2011.
  5. ^ Selwyn-Waihora Zone community committee members, 7 October 2010 Media statement - Selwyn-Waihora Zone Water Management Committee - Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS), retrieved 4 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Green Party ranks its candidates". The Press. NZPA. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Eugenie Sage". 15 February 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  8. ^ Mathewson, Nicole; Stylianou, Georgina; Fulton, Tim (20 September 2014). "Labour's Dyson keeps Port Hills". The Press. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Ministerial list". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 26 October 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Maggie Barry
Minister of Conservation