Campaigning for electorate and mission Metiria

Metiria Turei stepped down from Green leadership and she has withdrawn from the party list, but she is still standing this election, for the Te Tai Tonga Maori electorate for the first time, and that is her only chance of staying in Parliament.

Turei has done well in the Dunedin North electorate for the last three elections, and has been especially successful at growing the Green vote in Dunedin (although Greens have always done relatively well in Dunedin North):

  • 1999: electorate 4.22%, party 7.43%
  • 2002: electorate 6.87%, party 12.36%,
  • 2005: electorate 7.46%, party 10.82%
  • 2008: Turei 11.09%, party 15.81%
  • 2011: Turei 19.51%, party 23.39%
  • 2014: Turei 17.37%, party 22.94%

Te Tai Tonga is huge, covering all of the South Island, Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, all the islands in the Southern Ocean, and a large part of the Wellington urban area which includes Wellington City as far as Johnsonville, and Petone, Lower Hutt and Eastbourne from the Hutt Valley.

The incumbent Te Tai Tonga MP is Rino Tirikatene, one of Labour’s lowest ranked and least visible MPs, but with the surge in support for Labour it would seem unlikely he will lose to Turei. The Maori Party is also strongly contesting the seat.

2014 results:

  • Rino Tirikatene 8,885 votes, Labour 36.70%
  • Ngaire Button 4,891 votes, Maori party 11.19%
  • Dora Roimata Langsbury 3,173 votes, Greens 16.41%
  • Georgina Beyer 1,996 votes, Internet Mana 4.93%
  • Emma-Jane Mihaere Kingi 1,005 votes, Legalise Cannabis 1.36%
  • National 14.92%
  • NZ First 12.82%

From Claire Trevett at NZH: The Maori battlegrounds

One of the more intriguing races as a result of the political upheavals in the last three weeks will be the Te Tai Tonga seat, held by Labour’s Rino Tirikatene.

After Turei took herself off the Green Party list and stepped down as co-leader it did not take long for her supporters on social media to start pointing out that if Te Tai Tonga voters believed she had been hard done-by for her admission of welfare fraud as a young solo mother, they should vote for her to get her back in.

Now, Turei says if she won the seat, she would take it and return. “It would be a great honour.”

Asked if she would be actively campaigning for the candidate, Turei says the party vote is the most important. “And it would be a real privilege if voters gave me their electorate vote as well.”

Bargh says an added bonus in campaigning for the seat would be securing the electorate as insurance for the Green Party in case of a low party vote.

But she doubts Turei can get enough to tilt Tirikatene out. Though there is some dissatisfaction with him, he could be saved by the surge in popularity for Labour, she says.

Ngahuia Wade believes the most likely impact of Turei will be to split the Labour-Green vote and get the Maori Party’s Mei Reedy-Taare into Parliament.

This will be an intriguing contest, both to see how well Turei does and to see if Tirikatene hangs on.

ODT: Applause for Turei at candidate forum

Metiria Turei appeared to be as popular as ever at her first public outing since resigning from the Green Party leadership.

She represented the party at a low-key political forum at Knox Church Hall yesterday.

Seems odd that the Green candidate in Dunedin North didn’t represent their party.

The questions canvassed the candidates’ thoughts on housing affordability and availability for low-income earners; how they would create healthy childhoods; and whether they thought benefits and working for families tax credits should be indexed to median wages, as superannuation is.

Ms Turei’s response to the latter drew the loudest cheers and applause of the forum, from many in the audience.

She does well in Dunedin candidate meetings, and the Knox forum tends to be very left leaning.

”I have staked my entire political career on improving the incomes for the most poor in this country.”

A stark staking this election.

On Facebook recently:

Back on the horse! You have all been an amazing support over the last weeks. Thank you.
Now I need your help to run a great campaign in Te Tai Tonga. We have just 5 weeks, whānau. So if you want to help me, I need volunteers and money – either is awesome.

To volunteer, just go to http://nzgreens.nationbuilder.com/volunteer-ttt We need people to make phonecalls, knock on doors and come out to hui. There are events all over the rohe and I’d love to see your faces there!

If you don’t have much time, then consider sending a koha https://www.greens.org.nz/candidate-donation-metiria-turei – every bit helps.
We will end poverty in Aotearoa, build a compassionate welfare system and restore our awa. That’s our mission!

So give your party vote to Greens to get my incredible team back into Parliament and give your electorate vote to the person who best represents you. If that’s me, I would be honoured.

Turei is getting support from outside her electorate campaign:

 

Will this be her last political fling, or will she win a historic Maori electorate for the Greens?

Maori electorates have tended to vote tactical more than others, but nothing out of the ordinary has happened in Te Tai Tonga. Until now?

It would be a loss to Parliament if Turei misses out.

 

46 Comments

  1. Correct me if I am wrong but she is not Ngāi Tahu.

  2. Tipene

     /  August 26, 2017

    A cardboard personality with cardboard morals delivering a cardboard talk within a cardboard cathedral.

    Oh the IRONY!

  3. chrism56

     /  August 26, 2017

    Remember there was a bequest to the Greens, but only if it was spent in the Nelson electorate. I suspect that Ms Turei’s switch was so she could access this money. Just like he staying as a candidate is to get the extra 3 months’ salary. Staying on the gravy train a little longer
    She will need all the money she can get to pay off WINZ and her legal bills.

  4. Nice to know she is being rewarded for her law breaking.
    NOT !

  5. Ray

     /  August 26, 2017

    It will be a huge upset if she took Te Tai Tonga, in the past voting has been on family lines with various very old feuds taking precedence in ways not very obvious to outsiders

  6. Zedd

     /  August 26, 2017

    IMHO Metiria is the outstanding politician in TeTaiTonga
    * it would be great to see her win it & prove herself

    btw; all the rhetoric about ‘benefit fraud’ has become a media beatup fest.. what about ‘the double dipper’ & other hints/allegations that she may not be the only one, with a few skeletons in her closet.. hushed up be the right-wing media ?!

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 26, 2017

      If she is the best one, I hate to think what the others must be like.

  7. chrism56

     /  August 26, 2017

    As usual when Zedd (and Blazer) have no information or facts, they just hint at some hidden secret and go into conspiracy theory. How is the great scandal that forced John Key’s resignation coming on? Or is that another conspiracy?

    • Blazer

       /  August 26, 2017

      Key resigned because he did not want to get offside with the …Zionists…they have looked after him.

      • Zedd

         /  August 26, 2017

        I think Key resigned because: he lost the Flag Ref. & the release of the Panama papers was getting ‘too hot to handle’.. MORE hints/allegations about him/his cronies ??

      • Have you any evidence of that?

        • chrism56

           /  August 26, 2017

          Of course he hasn’t PG. They haven’t got any evidence, never did have, for the simple reason it isn’t there. In the bubble Zedd operates in, they feed off each other’s fantasies, then blame the media for not publishing or even investigating the “truth”. 2+2 =5 in their world.

          • Blazer

             /  August 26, 2017

            its opinion…[deleted] .After Dirty politics was released ,Key spent the next few weeks parroting…’its just a left wing …conspiracy’…Bol.

            • chrism56

               /  August 26, 2017

              At least Zedd prefaced his with “I Think” showing it was legitimate opinion, even if wrong. You don’t even bother, Blazer. You just lie, then go in insult mode when challenged or caught out.

            • Blazer

               /  August 26, 2017

              opinion assumes ‘I think…’

            • chrism56

               /  August 26, 2017

              Well we know you don’t think Blazer, which explains why you are a staunch left wing supporter.

            • If it’s opinion then express it as opinion then.

  8. chrism56

     /  August 26, 2017

    You guys need to get your act together. You can’t even agree on the conspiracy.

  9. PDB

     /  August 26, 2017

    Maybe Turei could just tell us what those RNZ questions were that made her resign rather than answer them?

    She won’t be back simply because it appears from her avoidance of those questions that she has far bigger skeletons she wishes to hide from everybody. Hopefully the authorities do their job properly by looking into the full extent of her benefit fraud.

    • Blazer

       /  August 26, 2017

      speaking of…skeletons…the Blimp has been conspicuous by her abscence this …campaign!

      • chrism56

         /  August 26, 2017

        I see you are back to name calling politicians again despite PG warning you. Some people never learn, do they.

  10. artcroft

     /  August 26, 2017

    I’d be surprised if this is the end of the road for Turei in politics. She has a core group of supporters, is shameless and has no genuine options apart from politics. I’m pretty sure the Greens will take her back after Sept 23rd. National will be relieved to see her return.

    • If so, expect a sequel of Benefitgate. I know she got the John Campbell get out of jail free pass, but there’s plenty in the media whit be keen to press rewind.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 26, 2017

        There are still those who believe that she was a young (teenage in some accounts) Maori solo mother who put herself through law school…no support from anyone….sighhhhhhhh

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 26, 2017

          She may, of course get the WINZ ‘Go Directly to Gaol, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200’ card.

  11. Blazer

     /  August 26, 2017

    looking forward to..Bennettgate.

    • chrism56

       /  August 26, 2017

      There you go on your conspiracies again. If you have got proof (not just gossip or innuendo), go to WINZ or the police. If not, shut up.

      • Blazer

         /  August 26, 2017

        well when someone says…’I never deliberately mislead …Social Welfare’…whats the natural …reaction…nothing to hide,nothing to…fear…why the lawyers?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 26, 2017

          So if someone says that they never did x, that means that they did do it ?

          • Blazer

             /  August 26, 2017

            comprehension…key word…’deliberately’….I wasn’t deliberately offside ref’…too bad…penalty.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  August 26, 2017

              That’s a bit of an ‘own goal’, Blazer. Metiria did it deliberately, Paula didn’t (if she did).

            • Blazer

               /  August 27, 2017

              comedy Patu,we will just take her word for it…then!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 27, 2017

              The emphasis was on ‘I’; meaning that she hadn’t done this when she was on the DPB, but Metiria Turei had done it.

              It’s hard to see how misleading in the fraudulent sense could be done inadvertently..

              Just accept it that other people tell the truth and their word can be taken.

          • Blazer

             /  August 27, 2017

            ‘Just accept it that other people tell the truth and their word can be taken.’….on that basis we will believe the…whistleblower who got the cease and desist notice…then.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 27, 2017

              No. One has to use common sense.

              If there was a real case, nobody could have stopped it being known-if only to WINZ. I was referring to credible statements. A ceae and desist is likely to refer to a mischief-maker with too much time on their hands.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 27, 2017

              When will you learn to use ellipses properly ?

            • Blazer

               /  August 27, 2017

              ‘ One has to use common sense.’…try it sometime…this is not it…’I was referring to credible statements. A ceae and desist is likely to refer to a mischief-maker with too much time on their hands.’.Hilarious.

  12. Krismai

     /  August 27, 2017

    Despite reservations regarding your indiscrepency Metiria, I think having a controversial candidate over the rather dull incumbent actually appeals to me.

  13. spanish_tudor

     /  August 27, 2017

    A loss to Parliament, how?

    Turei clearly has no idea how the economy works, she regularly gets her arse handed to her on a plate during Question Time, she’s smug, and she’s a crook. She’s the albatross around the Green’s neck that prevents them from being a truly cross-bench Green Party.

    Parliament will be far better off without her.

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