Statement from Turei

At 17:34 (well after her noon media conference) Metiria Turei continued her campaign  on Facebook.

We are working to become part of a Government who supports compassionate welfare and ending poverty in New Zealand. I have been working for more than 20 years as an advocate in this area. That work is more important than any one person.

Change is coming and I am proud to be part of leading that change this election but change comes with a price and today that price is being paid.

I opened myself up to intense scrutiny because I want New Zealanders to understand what it is like to be a beneficiary, in poverty, under scrutiny. I will continue to work for as long as a I can for a compassionate welfare system.

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There is actually a lot of merit in campaigning for  a better way to address poverty and treating beneficiaries better. But She has probably weakened her campaign for now at least.

More compassion would help, but so would more realism about how much can be done and what the best way of doing it is.

35 Comments

  1. Tipene

     /  August 4, 2017

    Awwww, hon, you have only paid the first instalment on the “price to be paid” – but be patient – the full invoice amount is heading your way.

  2. Tipene

     /  August 4, 2017

    You stand for deconstructive co-collaborative nihilism: and now, you are a victim of it.

    Irony much?

  3. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  August 4, 2017

    The hubby is about to become a beneficiary.
    He doesn’t want to be represented by a fraud and thief.
    Butt out Metiria.
    Honest folk don’t want you and your stinking
    Values anywhere near our social welfare system.

  4. MaureenW

     /  August 4, 2017

    What a loser. It’s called self-entitlement at others’ expense. Silly bint .. disappear … about Wednesday …. waiting ….

    • Missy

       /  August 5, 2017

      we can only hope she will disappear, sadly the media don’t appear to be going for blood aggressively like they would if it was a National MP, she will hang around for a bit unless the Greens find their moral fortitude.

  5. Sooner UBI, or something like it, is a fact of life here in NZ the better because situations like Metirias past will become mainly a thing of the past..Metirias is a martyr. Thanks Metiria. I listened to the media conference all the way through today and gained a better perspective of what you are on about.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 4, 2017

      She’s not a martyr, she is just awful and she has made a complete mess of this trying to save her backside by turning it into a political campaign.

    • MaureenW

       /  August 4, 2017

      Grabaseat has some good priced fares to Venezuela .. boarding now, tat, tah.
      Someone has to pay for the useless, do you not get that – who is it, you want to pay for them?

    • Missy

       /  August 5, 2017

      To call Metiria a martyr is an insult to martyrs.

      She is no St Thomas More, she is no St Stephen, she is no Joan of Arc, she is no Thomas Becket, she is no St Peter, she is no Jesus Christ….

      Seriously calling her a martyr is offensive.

      She is a criminal.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 5, 2017

        My ex-bankrobber friend saw nothing wrong with his actions when he was doing them-he wanted the money, the banks had it. He had some years inside in which to examine himself and came out a better and wiser man.

        I agree about calling her a martyr. She didn’t do these things for anyone but herself.

  6. sorethumb

     /  August 4, 2017

    what she is really saying is that democracy comes second (in so far as normal convention is concerned). Normal convention where a group agreed set of principles applies doesn’t apply to her. She is different: she stand’s for compassion, with the unspoken sub-text that she has the insight into the problems others don’t.

  7. Brown

     /  August 4, 2017

    She may have redeeming features but they are well hidden beneath a layer of sanctimony. For the first time I’m actually looking forward to meeting Greens in the street.

  8. What a completely self justifying wishy washy load of cobblers.

    Personally find her relentless bs offensive, her absolute abrogation of any sense of personal responsibility and all supported by people who should know a hell of a lot better – I’m looking at you the highly educated, massively opinionated, know it all, “trend setting” twitterati and Media hobnobs…

    Pay it all back Metiria, get you kids father to pay what he rightly and legally owes the taxpayers of NZ and then resign. Join Sue Bradford as an activist – don’t try and sit in parliament sucking in other peoples money and make laws the rest of us HAVE to obey or face fines, convictions and custodial sentences.

    Hypocrisy of the highest order being displayed by the Left – oh what a surprise, NOT. Means justifies the ends comrades

    • Missy

       /  August 5, 2017

      It took me all day to get past your first sentence – every time I read it I just laughed! So true though.

      When I finally read the rest, agree with you as I do much of the time. 🙂

    • Gezza

       /  August 5, 2017

      That’s all very well but I don’t like tax evaders or benefit frauds.
      Can’t see why you seem to think we should consider them to be the same thing, & to like one more than the other?
      One’s not giving money they should to the government as a taxpayer.
      The other’s taking money they shouldn’t from the taxpayers who gave it to the government like they should’ve.

      Have another think. Get back to us?

      • Missy

         /  August 5, 2017

        Well said G!

        • Gezza

           /  August 5, 2017

          Ah – ya bloody gorgeous – ya know that eh? 😍❗️

          • Missy

             /  August 5, 2017

            You are good for the ego G! 💕☺️

            • Missy

               /  August 5, 2017

              sorry, that should be good for the self esteem… 😉

            • Gezza

               /  August 5, 2017

              I do ok. 😘

            • Gezza

               /  August 5, 2017

              I’m sure Corks agrees with both Missy. 💪🏼 👍🏼

            • Missy

               /  August 5, 2017

              And more than ok on some days. 😘

            • Gezza

               /  August 5, 2017

              Pobably Blazer too. 🤗

            • Gezza

               /  August 5, 2017

              (I get all me best lines from Billy T, Ronnie Barker, and Ken & Ken – those two blokes know a thing or two about bein a good bloke! 👍🏼)

  9. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2910957/Bill-English-buckles-over-housing-allowance

    “A senior Minister , who effectively siphoned off $32,000.00 in housing allowances from the tax payer that he was not entitled to. And there was no real talk of fraud charges.
    A young solo mother with a small child to feed and clothe , on a small student allowance while studying for a degree and wracking up a hefty student loan , … yet did not disclose the full amount of flatmates she had because it would have compromised her already meager student allowance , yet who was not even in parliament .”
    Now your turn to think.

    • There was no real talk of fraud because I don’t think it was fraud. Except there is now accusations and implications of fraud around social media as a diversion from the situation Turei has put herself in.

      And that was 8 years ago, and was well covered by media at the time.

      Was Turei on a student allowance as well as the DPD?

    • Missy

       /  August 5, 2017

      teoranga, incorrectly claiming housing allowances as an MP that may have been able to be claimed due to ambiguous parliamentary rules did not break any law as far as I know, but if it did please site the section of whatever legislation it comes under.

      Metiria Turei however, had to sign a statutory declaration regularly (at the time it was monthly for the unemployment benefit, I don’t know how regularly it was for the DPB, but it would have been at least quarterly) to state that her circumstances had not changed, that she was living alone, and still fitted all the criteria to receive the benefit, the fact she signed this knowing it was a lie is a criminal offence. Collecting benefit she is not entitled to is a criminal offence.

      Also, Turei has claimed to being registered to vote at an address she did live in to vote in that electorate, that is also illegal in NZ. You must only be enrolled at an address you live at in NZ, to do otherwise is electoral fraud.

      Further, the address she was enrolled at, that she claims she did not live at, was that of her baby’s father, if she was telling the truth she was committing electoral fraud, if she wasn’t she was living with the father of her baby without telling WINZ. Further, she has also admitted that during the time of receiving the DPB she was living with partners – this is also illegal. A person claiming the DPB cannot also be living with a partner.

      And if Turei was also on a Student Allowance it compounds her fraud (though I don’t think that would be the case, both were administered by WINZ then).

      However you look at it, what Metiria Turei has done is nothing to be proud of, and only cheats and criminals would support her in it. She has committed a crime.

      Now it is your turn to think, do you support criminals, or law abiding tax payers of NZ?

      If it is the former you make me ashamed to be a NZer, if it is the latter then condemn Turei for her criminal actions.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 5, 2017

        Bill English was wrongly advised, his actions were quite open, he immediately paid back the money when he was told that the advice had been wrong. He didn’t go on for five years making false declarations.

        • Blazer

           /  August 5, 2017

          ‘Immediately ‘…Bol.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 5, 2017

            Maybe not that absolute second, he probably didn’t have the cheque written the second he heard-don’t be such a nitpicker.

      • Blazer

         /  August 5, 2017

        Material gave herself up..FFS..how about Bennett. ..no comment.

  10. Gezza

     /  August 5, 2017

    A young solo mother with a small child to feed and clothe

    Yeah, and that’s another thing. It’s been a bit of an elephant in the corner for too long I reckon.

    I mean, how does this happen? Surely to God they know what causes them? What do you think is the solution to that problem because, frankly, it just right out hand. Oops, up the duff! Never mind, someone else will pay for it. It’s not like I want me & the dad to get married or anything.

    • Missy

       /  August 5, 2017

      I will admit this is one reason why I am in favour of Govt subsidised contraception, I understand it works out cheaper than all of the solo mums out there on the DPB.

      Though in saying that, most uni medical centres (at least in the 90’s) give – or gave – out free, or reduced cost, contraception. At least my uni medical centre did.

      No excuses really, sex ed from age 11 or so (i think my first sex ed was aged 10), it wouldn’t be like she didn’t know what could happen.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 5, 2017

        I believe that it’s free (i.e. everyone else pays for it) on prescription, but condoms are cheap enough-I see them in the supermarket. I had it (pill) from student health in the 80s, I seem to remember, it was prescribed.

        Aspirins are the best contraceptive of all, of course-you hold one between your knees the whole time (sorry, very old joke there)

        The only drawback is that-of course-the DPB depends upon these women NOT using contraception, so there is little incentive there.

        We had sex education at intermediate school. Basic stuff, of course, for children of that age !