The Nation – Metiria Turei

Green co-leader Metiria Turei will be interviewed on The Nation this morning (9:30 am on TV3).

Greens are having their conference this weekend but oddly it doesn’t seem to be mentioned on their website. It isn’t under ‘Events’. I can’t find it on their Facebook page either. Aren’t the Greens supposed to be good at doing social media?


Metiria begins by stating that some of what Peters has said has been racist.

She says she has put a great deal of consideration into attacking NZ First.

She says she has developed a position like this with her caucus and her party over “probably 2 to 3 weeks”. She advised Labour prior to making her speech the week beforehand.

On Barry Coates – caucus has talked about her speech, but never had a conversation about forcing another election. She says that Coates was ‘misinterpreted’.

She says if Labour went with NZ First and left the greens out they would support on confidence and supply and seek policy concessions. This confirms a weak position for them.

On not accepting ‘an inferior deal’ – a confidence and supply deal rather than being part of a coalition would depend on what was negotiated.

She keeps referring to the need for getting as many votes as possible to give them as much negotiating power as possible – that’s what all parties aim for.

Getting more votes than NZ First is a crucial target for the Greens.

Would she be prepared to be in a government with Peters as deputy PM? “That would depend”, but not so keen on PM. Also “I’d certainly serve in a government with Winston Peters”.

She refers to ‘I’ and ‘my people’ a bit, as well as ‘we’ and ‘us’.

“Labour is you problem too”. Diverts to votes, votes, votes for Greens. Have to talk to Labour about their problems (she doesn’t try to argue against Labour problems).

15 Comments

  1. sorethumb

     /  July 15, 2017

    Greens meme : “tolerant and inclusive” “bad management by national” “NZ First – racist”
    NZ First meme: “mass migration- we can’t can’t cope”
    ……..
    I think the Greens took their cue from Corbyn’s success (Chris Trotter also). Who do they appeal to though – two ex HRC lawyers?

    Turie says “NZ First sees immigration as about ethnicity” – that must appeal to Maori -not.
    It is only in the baizou countries where people think like that.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  July 15, 2017

      If winston keeps hammering mass migration, dependency on china and foreign takeover of land and business, they are unstoppable in my view

  2. PDB

     /  July 15, 2017

    “Metiria says National have proven themselves so neglectful of families and the environment they wouldn’t prop their Govt up”.

    This is where blind ideology gets in the way of fact – this current govt has done a lot for the environment and in helping those on benefits/with families with various cash injections, subsidies, allowances and finding work. The Greens also want to represent Maori and National has clearly done more for Maori in the past 30+ years than any Labour-led govt has done.

    Even the nutty Gareth Morgan thinks the Greens are stupid for ruling out working with National – especially if the environment is so important to them and in urgent need as they continually tell us. The problem of course is that Metiria realises that National wouldn’t touch them with a barge-pole so toxic they are.

    It’s the same old chestnut (which some on here repeat like parrots) that National is only for the ‘rich’ when in reality the National party of today is a centralist govt running a mixed economy which many other countries inspire to be like.

    • sorethumb

       /  July 15, 2017

      Everytime I head to Chch Airport I see a fly over in construction and I think: “National makes the problem then National solves it” but in the big picture we are getting no where.

  3. Mefrostate

     /  July 15, 2017

    Lisa Owen was quite badgering I thought, but Turei held her own well. She did pretty well to justify the attack on Winston, but I still think it was a bad political move. Rock and a hard place for the Greens.

    • Corky

       /  July 15, 2017

      Turei wont hold her own after the election. Look for a breakaway New Green Party if present leadership stays.

      • Mefrostate

         /  July 15, 2017

        Really? What are the factions?

        • sorethumb

           /  July 15, 2017

          Green party policy is policy is replete with contradictions and self-defeating policies.

      • Zedd

         /  July 15, 2017

        Corkey’s in ‘fantasy-land’ AGAIN.. there are no impending splits in the Greens (according to MY sources).. they’re solid as !! 😀

        • PDB

           /  July 15, 2017

          Your sources being the mirror…….

          • Zedd

             /  July 15, 2017

            @pdb

            my sources are likely more reliable… than yours OR corkey’s 🙂 😀

  4. Zedd

     /  July 15, 2017

    I think Metiria & Winston are ‘two side of same coin’; fighting for 3rd spot & trying to ensure they are both in power after 23/9 !

    all just pure politics.. BUT lookout; TOP are still rising too ?

    • Pete Kane

       /  July 15, 2017

      Hope so!

      • sorethumb

         /  July 15, 2017

        gareth morgan is no politician.
        last time I looked at his site it said ” we will reduce super payments but have a UBI’. A bit harsh if you’re an oldie with not much to come and go on and a knackered body plus tired brain?