A year ago, Chlöe Swarbrick was confirmed as the MP for Auckland Central. Hayden Donnell of The Spinoff delves into the reality-bending optimism that helped engineer her unlikely victory. The Green MP sees her victory as a kind of rebuke to the prognosticators. “I love the realists,” she says, untruthfully. “Like, who are you to think you have any idea this is the way the world works? There are infinite possibilities even with the five million people in this country. MMP happened. Anything can happen.”