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Tariana Turia
The 1st Minister responsible for Whānau Ora, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Disability Issues and co-leader of the Māori Party.


Tariana Turia Biography



Ko Tariana Turia he kaitōrangapū Māori; nō Whanganui, Ngāti Apa, Ngā Rauru, me Ngāti Tūwharetoa.


I whānau mai a Tariana Woon (koianei tōna ingoa whakatipu) ki Whangaehu i te 1944. Nō te 1996 ki te 2004, ka noho a Tariana Turia hei Mema Pāremata mō te Rōpū Reipa. Nō te 1995, ka tautokona e ia te whawhai ki Moutoa. Nō te Haratua o te tau 2004, ka tukua e ia tana turu Pāremata i a te kāwanatanga e whakatū ana ki te takahi ki te mana tangata whenua e pā ana ki te takutai moana. Nō muri tata iho mai, ko ia tētahi i whakatūria ai te Tōrangapū Māori. Nō te 10 o ngā rā o Hōngongoi, ko te pōtitanga ki Te Tai-hauāuru; ā, ka wikitoria a Tariana Turia hei Mema Pāremata mō Te Tai-hauāuru.


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Tariana Turia (born 8 April 1944) is a New Zealand politician. She gained considerable prominence during the foreshore and seabed controversy, and eventually broke with her party as a result. She resigned from parliament, and successfully contested a by-election in her former electorate as a candidate of the newly formed Māori Party.


Political career

Turia entered the New Zealand Parliament in the 1996 election as a list MP for the Labour Party, ranking 20th on the party list. In the 1999 election, she remained a list MP, but ranked sixteenth. In the 2002 election, however, she contested the Te Tai Hauauru Māori electorate, and opted not to place herself on the party list at all. Te Tai Hauauru (roughly, the Māori voters of the west of the North Island) returned her as their member of parliament.


Although never a member of Cabinet, Turia has held a number of non-Cabinet ministerial roles. From Labour's electoral victory in 1999, she served as Associate Minister of Māori Affairs, Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment, Associate Minister of Health, and Associate Minister of Housing. In 2002, she also became Associate Minister of Corrections. After the formation of the Labour-Progressive coalition in 2002, she dropped the Corrections role and gained full ministerial rank as Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector.


On 30 April 2004, after a considerable period of confusion about Turia's intentions, she announced that she would resign from parliament on 17 May. This precipitated a by-election being called in Te Tai Hauauru, which Turia contested as a member of the new Māori Party that formed around her. On the same day that Turia announced her resignation, Prime Minister Helen Clark sacked her from her ministerial posts. Turia described the Te Tai Hauauru by-election of 10 July 2004 as a chance to test her mandate, and to ensure that she had the support of her voters, but doubts remained about the significance of the by-election, since none of the major parties put forward candidates. Labour called the event "a waste of time and money". Turia received 92.74% of the vote in the by-election, and resumed her seat in Parliament on 27 July 2004.


On 17 September 2005, the Māori Party contested the general election with electoral candidates in all seven of the Māori seats. Turia was re-elected in Te Tai Hauauru and that night three more Māori Party candidates won parliamentary seats. Support for the Māori Party in the 2008 general election increased with the party gaining an additional seat. National won most seats overall, to form a minority government with support from the Māori Party as well as Act New Zealand and United Future.


Turia and co-leader Sharples were both made Ministers, although like other support party members both remained outside Cabinet. Turia was given the portfolios of Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment, while Sharples was made Minister of Māori Affairs. When Paula Bennett stepped down as Minister for Disability Issues on 30 June 2009, Key appointed Turia the new minister. In 2010, the National and Māori Parties announced Whānau Ora, a taskforce designed to streamline social service resources. Turia was announced Minister responsible for the implementing of the scheme.




updated: 2013-09-10

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