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Metiria Leanne Agnes Stanton Turei (born 1970) is a New Zealand member of Parliament and the female co-leader of the Green Party alongside Russel Norman. As of 2011 she is the Green Party spokesperson on Social Equity, Electoral Reform, Māori and Treaty Issues, Housing and Children.

 

Political career

Metiria was a founding member of the Random Trollops performance art troupe. She was a candidate for the McGillicuddy Serious Party in the 1993 election and for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party in the 1996 election. She joined the Green Party in 2002 and was elected as co-leader at the Green Party AGM on 30 May 2009. She has one daughter, and a partner; Warwick Stanton.

 

In the 2002 general election, the Green Party received 7.00% of the vote, which allowed them 9 seats in Parliament. Turei, standing in Tāmaki Makaurau, was ranked 8th on the Green Party's party list, and so entered Parliament as a list MP. She retained her place in Parliament at number 6th on the Greens' list in the 2005 election when she stood in Te Tai Tonga.

 

In 2008 she was ranked 4th on the Green Party's list and stood in the Dunedin North electorate. She lost the election in Dunedin North to Labour's Pete Hodgson, finishing third with 11.09% of the vote. However she returned to parliament due to her high ranking on the Green Party list. On 30 May 2009 Turei was elected as the fourth co-leader (second female) of the Green Party. In line with Green Party policy, there must be both a male and a female co-leader. She was elected ahead of Sue Bradford, a veteran MP, who had passed three private member's bills by then.

 

In October 2012 her Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment bill was drawn from. the ballot. Before its first reading however, National, ACT and United Future said they would not be voting for it.

 

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01.09.2010

updated: 2013-09-09

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