Turei resigns as co-leader

Metiria Turei has just announced she was resigning as Green co-leader, and may not continue in Parliament after the election.

She says the reason is too much pressure on her family, but there is also speculation she may have been influenced by a poll result due a 6 pm – she is likely to already know the result.

Greens may or may not appoint another co-leader in the short term.

This is a sad but inevitable step in a dramatically changing political landscape.

UPDATE:

A brief explanation on why Metiria Turei announced on that she is resigning as co-leader of

Interview: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201854149/metiria-turei-resigns-as-green-party-co-leader

NZH:  Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei resigns

…the Herald understands that the latest UMR poll sees the Greens polling has halved in two weeks from 15 per cent to 8 per cent.

The same poll sees a surge in Labour support from 23 per cent to 36 per cent.

And in today’s Newshub/Reid Research poll Greens are down 4.7 to 8.3%. See Newshub/Reid Research poll

RNZ have done a very good job on this story, but the media are getting a bollocking at The Standard, blamed for Turei’s turmoil along with dirty politics.

101 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 9, 2017

    Congrats to whoever it was that gave her till Wednesday. Right on the button.

    • MaureenW

       /  August 9, 2017

      Ah hem!! That was me, thanks.

    • Tipene

       /  August 9, 2017

      Umm….that be me 🙂

      • MaureenW

         /  August 9, 2017

        You and me both Tip

        • Gezza

           /  August 9, 2017

          👍🏼 Yep – it was you, I definitely remember that, was trying to google it to show Al.

  2. Seabird

     /  August 9, 2017

    Great, she has done the right thing, even though it took the resignation of other members of her party to force this.
    But she is still a cheat and a fraud and the full force of the law should come down on her.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 9, 2017

      Oh yes, she is a habitual dissembler and con-woman as I said earlier.

    • Missy

       /  August 10, 2017

      Venezia on TS had this to say about this claim from RNZ:

      “…. John Campbell has quoted a person who knew Metiria when her baby was young, implying that Metiria received generous financial support from her child’s grandparents. This “information” turns out to be untrue. While those grandparents helped with childcare occasionally, there was not financial help involved. What nasty piece of work is the person who supplied this untrue information to the media!
      This is a common experience of grandparenting. I have always helped out when the families of my grandkids needed it. But I am not in a position to help them financially.
      There is a very nasty seam of vitriol and vindictiveness running through NZ society often directed at the most vulnerable in society. Metiria put this into words. But it was far too threatening to the power holders.”

      https://thestandard.org.nz/metiria-to-resign-as-leader/#comment-1365801

      Has anyone seen anything that suggests Venezia is correct and this information is incorrect? I would have thought there would have been a retraction if it was proven to be incorrect. Or is Venezia just making sh*t up because it goes against his/her view of the world.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 11, 2017

        No credibility. Having a grandmother who is Deputy-Speaker of Parliament is definitely money in the bank of life and an absolute guarantee against going hungry and being required to steal to survive.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 9, 2017

    Nothing sad about it except what the mess told us about Greens and their leaders: nothing good.

    • Blazer

       /  August 9, 2017

      She did the right thing. Will not satisfy the bloodlust of the right though.

      • How’s that?

        • Brown

           /  August 9, 2017

          Blazer is right. I want all those Green politicians that supported her criminal activity to go as well, especially that useless mummy’s boy Shaw. I hope the party collapses.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 9, 2017

          Don’t ask, just don’t ask.

      • sorethumb

         /  August 9, 2017

        Metiria steps down citing “scrutiny”.

      • Kevin

         /  August 11, 2017

        You don’t get props for doing something that you should have done anyway.

  4. sorethumb

     /  August 9, 2017

    I grabbed one of my wife’s beers. As I said Lord Jim. Clendon and Graham stayed aboard the Patna with the Muslim pilgrims and it didn’t sink!. Meanwhile, all those ther useless good-for-nothings got into Metiria’s Lieboats with First Mate Delahumpy.

  5. Alloytoo

     /  August 9, 2017

    This is the moment Jacinda Ardern’s Labour leadership jumped the shark. She had an opportunity early this week to publicly condemn Turei and distance her party from the Greens. That moment is, with Turei’s resignation, properly past and Jacinda is well and truly joined at the hip to a rotting corpse. Everyone that remains in the Greens caucus is tainted.

    • Gezza

       /  August 9, 2017

      Nah she’s not. Her hands are clean. Green leaning voters (those left) can still vote Candidate Green, Party Labour, or vice versa. She’s away laughing. Very astute.

  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  August 9, 2017

    Newshub poll just released

    – Greens down to 8.3%.
    – Labour up 9 points to 33.1%
    – National on 44.4%
    – Ardern up to to 26.3% as preferred PM just behind English at 27.7%

  7. artcroft

     /  August 9, 2017

    Shaw babbles on about resetting the campaign. He’s got nothing and is on the way out. Goodbye James.

    • Corky

       /  August 9, 2017

      He’s been leaded, Arty, and is slowly bleeding out. A little like the Smithy who sold you inferior horse shoes.

  8. PDB

     /  August 9, 2017

    Gower just said on TV3 that Shaw has done a pretty good job over this scandal?! – hence the state of political reporting in this country. Shaw has been shown up as being very weak and unlikely to rally the Greens behind him.

    The RNZ investigation into her welfare fraud was obviously getting close to finding the truth about Turei’s true living conditions whilst claiming a benefit and Turei had no option but to jump though continuing to lie to the very end.

    • Blazer

       /  August 9, 2017

      Loyalty …its called.

      • Bollocks Blazer. Six weeks ago Shaw demanded that Todd Barclay stand down as an MP. But when Turei’s lies came out (yes, we now know she lied), he was “very proud” of her. His political inexperience got the better of him, and I suspect he was bullied by the likes of Logie, Sage, Delahunty and Turei herself. Privately, I bet he envies Kennedy Graham and David Clendon for getting out with dignity.

        • Blazer

           /  August 9, 2017

          he was ‘proud’ of her before there was evidence she lied…if in fact there now is!

          • PDB

             /  August 9, 2017

            Probably only you, Zedd and Shaw out of the whole country believed she was so poor she had to rip off the taxpayer – the rest of her supporters thought the taxpayer deserved it.

            • Blazer

               /  August 9, 2017

              very emotive!If you want to know about the taxpayer being ripped off,look no further than crony asset sales!I wanted her to resign btw.

            • PDB

               /  August 9, 2017

              You only wanted her to resign because she was pulling the left down prior to the election – don’t recall you saying she ripped off the taxpayer for greed and not need. In fact you said it was a ‘non-story’ only kept alive by National supporters?

            • Blazer

               /  August 9, 2017

              @PDB…as if you can read my mind and as if I have to satisfy you as to what I post.

            • PDB

               /  August 9, 2017

              What’s there in there to read?

        • J Bloggs

           /  August 9, 2017

          I said earlier that Shaw was playing a long game, part of which meant that he had to tell the party faithful what they wanted to hear from the co-leader.

          I will be very interested to see how he performs from now on.

          • Gezza

             /  August 9, 2017

            Knackered either way now I reckon. Metz supporters will think he shafted her in the background. Those not happy with Metz will think he should’ve stepped up sooner & he’s complicit in condoning benefit fraud & costing them votes.

          • I might sound awfully partisan but I think he is a pathetic wimp.

            What kind of person in this poorly public transported country doesn’t have a driving licence?

            1) someone with epilepsy
            2) someone who is happy to be a passenger in life and all the permutations that results in

            I can’t accept that anyone voluntarily relinquishes control of his movements in this country of poor public transport. It’s disingenuous and unacceptable to argue that it’s Greenist and planet conscious. One would always be forking out a fortune in old, gas guzzling, polluting cabs ( also imprudent fiscally), be insuffferably late or be annoying every friend they ever had.

    • PDB

       /  August 9, 2017

      The gun………

  9. So she may not have even been entitled to a benefit at all? Pardon my French, but holy shit! All the “starving kid” rhetoric was bulldust the whole time, and now it looks as though the Greens are going down with her. #WeStoodWithMetiriaButMadeABigMistake

    • Tipene

       /  August 9, 2017

      And if this is the case, then the NZ Taxpayers Union estimate of circa $57k is way, way, WAY too low.

  10. Corky

     /  August 9, 2017

    I wonder if Jeanette Fitzsimons has be approached as to the best way for a new Green focused party to form after the election.

    Turei will need to be watched, post election. She will never have a big salaried job again. And if her pension(?) doesn’t cover living expenses she may end up at , well, WINZ.

    That may cause major depression.

    • PDB

       /  August 9, 2017

      She still has a way to fall – no doubt the govt will have ample evidence of multiple benefit fraud including claiming a benefit she wasn’t entitled to, especially if extended family members were willing to go to the media.

      • Blazer

         /  August 9, 2017

        and..then..what…lynching!

        • PDB

           /  August 9, 2017

          I was thinking something more painful for her………..dieting

          • Blazer

             /  August 9, 2017

            Speaking of. ..be interested to see the microscope go on National fav, the rubenesque Bennet who ‘was off and on the benefit but never DELIBERATELY mislead. .welfare ‘…see if comments here are in the same. ..vein. Looks like a big story. ..to me..going by even the confirmation that at that time, her then boyfriend is now her. ..husband!

        • Gezza

           /  August 9, 2017

          I don’t think things will go quite that far, but they’re definitely looking to get interesting!
          Good reminder to aspiring pollies to remember that every interview or article you or your offspring ever featured in stays on the net.

  11. PDB

     /  August 9, 2017

    In Turei’s world if you have lots of money given to you/earned from flat-mates etc but you choose not to spend that money on your daughter and instead spend it on something like a law degree, running for parliament & ‘having fun’ then your daughter is in poverty and the govt needs to pay you a full solo-mothers benefit to support her. Then 20 odd years later you then complain that the govt at the time didn’t pay you enough.

  12. PDB

     /  August 9, 2017

    Comedy is great when done well – the Standard have it all down pat;

    mickysavage

    9 August 2017 at 5:19 pm
    I suspect Paddy Gower’s news at 6 will have had a lot to do with this.
    Metiria was that principled she was happy to sacrifice her career for the common good, just like Andrew.

  13. sorethumb

     /  August 9, 2017

    Burn it all to the ****** ground
    No Right Turn
    http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2017/08/burn-it-all-to-fucking-ground.html

    He might be the Editor of the Christchurch Press , who wrote; “The [Anti-samcking] Referendum is a Joke” (or similar). Who is NRT anyway?

    • I guess he didn’t realise that the Hartley family had been talking to the media, defending their family’s good name. He sees everything as some bizarre right-wing conspiracy.

    • Missy

       /  August 10, 2017

      I like how the left are claiming that the story about Turei receiving help from her daughter’s grandparents is a smear and unsubstantiated rumour, when they are so willing to believe the unsubstantiated rumour* about Paula Bennett allegedly committing some form of fraud.

      *of course I may have missed where some actual evidence has been presented on this rumour (and facebook rant) that has substantiated the rumour, and if I have I trust Blazer will obliging provide the evidence and not just his opinion. 🙂

      ** hi PDT (thought I would get in first)

      • Gezza

         /  August 10, 2017

        (😍 shhh … I haven’t even been here, I’m asleep … ok?)

      • Blazer

         /  August 10, 2017

        Well. .Missy. .Bennett who is the darling of the National conference. .and presumably an advocate of ‘nothing to hide. .nothing to..fear ‘has been very quiet about details of her time ‘off and on the benefit. Very quick to issue a cease and desist notice. My radar detects trouble for NATZ. .sticking with her as deputy. .at the least.

        • MIssy

           /  August 11, 2017

          Being quiet on something is not the same as evidence of substantiated allegations, and if that is all you have got then you are believing unsubstantiated rumours.

          Show me that actual evidence – or statement from Bennett herself – that she committed benefit fraud. My be is you can’t, so you are relying on rumour, gossip, and innuendo, in other words unsubstantiated rumours.

          Tell me Blazer, what is your view on the allegations from a family member that Turei was indeed receiving financial assistance from her daughters grandparents – do you believe it unquestioningly or do you think it is an unsubstantiated rumour?

          • Blazer

             /  August 11, 2017

            Turei has resigned.I want the Blimps story examined…’never deliberately mislead welfare’….analogy…sorry ref ,I didn’t mean to be…offside,it wasn’t deliberate’…..penalty!!

            • Missy

               /  August 11, 2017

              Blazer, I see you have reverted to type in your petty childish name calling, typical when you don’t actually have anything intelligent to add to the conversation.

              As for the rest of what you said, if you have evidence tell the police or WINZ, if you are unhappy with the way it is being handled write to your MP, if you want a police investigation lay a complaint to the police, if you want a Media witch hunt and lynch mob contact Katie Bradford or John Campbell otherwise stop bleating about it like a three year old who has had his favourite toy taken away, and stop diverting from Metiria Turei’s confessed criminal behaviour.

              Oh, and please answer my question, and try to be polite about it – a stretch for you I know.

            • Blazer

               /  August 11, 2017

              @Missy…who exactly made those allegations…..not anonymous was it?

  14. Ray

     /  August 9, 2017

    NRT is a lefty sour puss from Palmerston North, Idiot Savant, he has a real name that Google will deliver

    • Conspiratoor

       /  August 9, 2017

      He or she is too crafty for Google ray. Have another peek at how he constructs it

    • Malcolm Harbrow. It’s no secret.

      • Especially when he makes outrageous comments like this one:

        The left’s vitriol and violence was predictable.

        In Bristol and Brixton, hundreds took to the streets to drink champagne, vandalise a Barnardo’s charity shop, burn council property and attack the police as part of their celebrations of Margaret Thatcher’s passing.

        Left-wing pin-up, MP George Galloway, blogged: “The wicked witch is dead. Tramp the dirt down.”

        Former London Mayor, Labour’s Ken Livingstone said “every real problem we face today” is her legacy.

        The National Union of Miners issued a press statement saying “Good Riddance.”

        In New Zealand, prominent left-wing blogger Malcolm Harbrow wrote: “Her victims will rightly be lining up to piss on her grave.”

        https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/repulsive-thatcher-haters-give-her-final-victory-cs-138615

        • A ghastly man who spouts atrocious venom and gives nobody right of reply on his Marxist blog.

    • Gezza

       /  August 9, 2017

      I’ve googled to try & find out who Alan Wilkinson really is. Hopeless. He’s too cunning. All that keeps coming up is Alan Wilkinson so he’s somehow managing to stay real deep.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 11, 2017

        I’ve been looking for him too, G. Must be the weather.

  15. Missy

     /  August 10, 2017

    After spending two days holed up in bed with an awful summer cold (thanks UK weather!), I wake and venture online today to this news!

    My first thought…. About time!

    It is too little too late in my opinion, and I think his absolute support has made James Shaw’s position very difficult, if they slip further in the polls, or get less than about 8-10% at the election he cannot stay on as leader. Personally I don’t think he should now, but over the last week or two he has shown where his moral compass lies, and I don’t think he has the moral integrity to resign.

    • Blazer

       /  August 10, 2017

      He believed his Co leader. ..some crime.

      • MIssy

         /  August 11, 2017

        I never said it was a crime Blazer, what Metiria Turei did was a crime and, he believed her when she admitted to that crime, stood by her and backed her when she was endorsing others to commit the same crime (some could tenuously suggest that is tantamount to inciting others to commit a crime, but I won’t do that).

        As I said, he has shown where his moral compass lies, but I don’t think he has the moral integrity to resign – even though he should.

      • He displayed the moral subjectivity that only the left can do. If oats one of us then the end ALWAYS justifies the means. If it’s the other lot then it’s hatred and bile.

        • Missy

           /  August 11, 2017

          As always Trav put so much more succinctly than I could. 🙂

          • Blazer doesn’t think so. How’s my hero JRM Missy?

            • Missy

               /  August 11, 2017

              Its summer recess, so haven’t really heard much from him, and I have been sick so not keeping up.

              I believe he is taking a family holiday in North Somerset (he is one of the MPs for Somerset).

              I am looking forward to the return to Parliament and hearing more from JRM.

              He is still one of the faves to take over as Conservative Leader.

              He is lovely though… *sigh*

          • Gezza

             /  August 11, 2017

            I’m not getting the bit about the oats tho 😳

            • High Flying Duck

               /  August 11, 2017

              “oats” = “it’s” I think Gezz…

            • You’re not getting oats??

            • Gezza

               /  August 11, 2017

              Tbh I dunno if I wanna put that much effort into it at the moment trav.
              I just cruise along being charming to anything in a skirt. Every now & then it pays off 👍🏼

      • Blazer. This is what a Herald writer had to say about Shaw

        : “To be fair, there were early inklings of trouble between us.

        For a start, it proved a one-way thing: he ran a mile when I endorsed him.

        Then I learned he doesn’t have a driver’s licence. Being driven around by others doesn’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

        Imagine the conversation.

        “I don’t drive. I’m saving the planet. But could you pick me up around eight?”

        His rival for leadership, Kevin Hague, in a non-Green outburst, attacked Shaw as too metrosexual.

        Only in the Greens could a homosexual attack a rival as metrosexual. I had to look it up the meaning of the word.

        Hague’s outburst confirms that the Greens with their choice of leader don’t quite live on the planet they desperately believe needs them.

        They live far away from the productive world sipping their lattes up the Aro Valley following the latest green fad on their smartphones.

        “Oh, no fossil fuels. They’re stinky. They’re cooking the planet. I don’t even drive.”

        Their entire lifestyle is driven off fossil fuels. They fly in jets, hook up to the internet and wear the latest clothes.

        They live on the backs of farmers, miners, loggers and fishermen. They don’t reject their taxpayer dollars as coming from dirty fuels.

        And now my former pin-up boy wants to run the country on a learner plate.”

        • Missy

           /  August 11, 2017

          That is a great article. Literally laughed out loud at the bit “Only in the Greens could a homosexual attack a rival as metrosexual.”

          My opinion of Kevin Hague has gone up with that attack, Shaw is too metrosexual!

    • Missy. He must have cousins. 😉

      The wonderful JRM. The most Tory thing in the whole world

      • Missy

         /  August 11, 2017

        He is my first political crush….

        He has a number of siblings, will have to find out if he has any cousins. 😉

        Aren’t the kids just adorable? I love that the oldest one dresses like dad. Another future Rees-Mogg Conservative politician there I think.

      • Blazer

         /  August 11, 2017

        indoctrinating children….in the born to rule tradition…oh woe is…them.

        • How terrible. Bringing up children with your own money, instilling them with your firmly held conservative values and encouraging family participation in civics.

          • Gezza

             /  August 11, 2017

            Is there no end to your perfidy trav? 😳

          • Blazer

             /  August 11, 2017

            brainwashing them…you mean….it is terrible.My vote goes to encouraging children to question,explore,develop a mind of their own,understand other points of view,cultures and heritage.Mind you that wouldn’t result in many Tory….seats…would it?

            • Did you have a Sense of the utter Ridiculousness of the human condition bypass at birth or was it later

            • Blazer

               /  August 11, 2017

              @Trav….so these are ridiculous!’encouraging children to question,explore,develop a mind of their own,understand other points of view,cultures and heritage.’….don’t know what bypass…you had.

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