Retired Member of Parliament
Jeanette Fitzsimons spent 13 years as a member of parliament and was the former co-leader of the New Zealand Green Party. Before that, she lectured in energy, transport and sustainability issues in the Planning Department at Auckland University. Jeanette retired as an Advisory Board member at the Centre in 2019.
She has had a long-standing interest in sustainable energy policy, especially energy efficiency, ever since her involvement in the nuclear power debate in the 1970s. She is spending her retirement campaigning for sensible climate policy and against increased mining of fossil fuels in New Zealand.
Jeanette and her husband have a small certified organic farm near Thames, and she is a patron of the Soil & Health Association.
Her specialties as a Centre advisory board member were in energy, transport, climate change and small farming.