Have the Greens given up on Metiria?

Since resigning as co-leader and withdrawing from the Green list Metiria Turei has been out of the political spotlight.

She gets a glimmer of attention from Newshub in Decision 17: One week to go:

Green Party MPs Marama Davidson and Metiria Turei are also in Otara at a rally against poverty.

It will be one of Ms Turei’s first public appearances since her resignation in August, after public scrutiny over her admission of benefit fraud.

“She represented a politician finally talking about the truth about their realities in their everyday lives,” said Ms Davidson.

“There’s no way that I could have this poverty rally without her strength and her bravery represented.”

But in a Green Party Campaign Update Newsletter yesterday Turei was ignored.

Lots of people have been asking about strategic voting. How do we ensure a left government with a great green heart? It’s simple.

If you vote Green and want a Labour-led government then voting Green will not split your vote. Every Green vote adds to every Labour vote.

The number of party votes the Greens get is the deciding factor between Labour forming a coalition with NZ First (let’s not let that happen!) or the Greens.

Party vote Green for a strong, Labour-led government with a compassionate green heart. 💚

You should cast your electorate vote for the candidate you most want to represent your electorate. If that’s Nelson, we hope it’s Matt Lawrey! He’s been doing great work there and we think he is in with a shot to unseat long-standing National MP Nick Smith.

Lawrey is the sole MP who is being promoted for an electorate vote.

Turei’s only chance of getting back into Parliament is to win the Te Tai Tonga electorate, but the Greens aren’t mentioning let alone promoting that.

Has Turei given up on trying? Or have the Greens given up on her?

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32 Comments

  1. chrism56

     /  September 16, 2017

    The Greens can pour a lot of money into Nelson because that was a condition of the bequest. Te Tai Tonga can also be in that spending.
    If one wants to be cynical (and with politicians, that is probably the best option), standing in a hopeless electorate seat rather than just resigning meant she gets an extra three months pay. This could be useful to pay off the WINZ bill.

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    • Blazer

       /  September 16, 2017

      will Barclay still be on full pay?

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      • robertguyton

         /  September 17, 2017

        Yes, full pay, but out of the country, despite assurances that he’d be working up to the 23rd. Not true. Not true at all.

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  2. chrism56

     /  September 16, 2017

    No Blazer.; Your squirrel was a failure. He isn’t standing for election.

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    • Blazer

       /  September 16, 2017

      no kidding,he’s off to London,but a bit early according to…Bill.

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    • robertguyton

       /  September 17, 2017

      Not standing for election, chris56? Why ever not? He was the well-groomed PM to be, wasn’t he, the Great White Hope! What went wrong??? Chris??

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  3. NOEL

     /  September 16, 2017

    Paula Bennett and Kevin Davis are not profiled either.
    Is this the new age of Leader branding.

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    • robertguyton

       /  September 17, 2017

      Paula – sooooo quiet, Paula! What gives? You’re the Deputy Prime Minister, but somehow playing no part at all in this election? Why? Why-O-why?

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  4. Billmurray

     /  September 16, 2017

    The Greens with Metiria have the Pox.

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    • robertguyton

       /  September 17, 2017

      Banned from The Standard, is Billmurray, for his similarly unpleasant, personal attacks on Metiria.

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  5. Zedd

     /  September 16, 2017

    I watched a TV debate on MaoriTV (Election Aotearoa) with the candidates for Te Tai Tonga; Metiria, Rino T (Lab) & Mei R-T (Maori).. Metiria said “PV Green..but IF they want a Green MP too, then give her 2 ticks” Its now up to the voters in Te Tai Tonga.

    btw; IMHO.. Metiria is the most experienced MP/candidate, but the polls show the incumbent; (Rino T) is ahead.. we shall see on 23/9 :/

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    • Gezza

       /  September 16, 2017

      I imagine some of her experience prior to becoming an MP will not see her do as well you might hope Zedd.

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    • robertguyton

       /  September 17, 2017

      Zedd – I hope that what you describe is how it pans out. It’s a big challenge, but Metiria is a strong character and hasn’t thrown in the towel. If voters on the Te Tai Tonga roll think smart, they’ll vote Metiria.

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  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  September 16, 2017

    She’s a criminal who’s lucky not to be in prison; her sanctimonious attitude is wearing very thin.

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    • robertguyton

       /  September 17, 2017

      Kitty – she’s not a criminal, you just believe that to be the case. You see her attitude as sanctimonious, I see it as brave. Why you are so het-up by the actions of a 20-something Maori single mum is something you should explore a little more deeply – prejudiced much?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 18, 2017

        Will you please stop attributing thoughts to me ? Benefit fraud is a crime. She lied to WINZ about her financial situation and was given money to which she was not entitled. She lied about the support given by the baby’s family. Her race is irrelevant, don’t use straw men. I am hardly het-up. What’s brave about being a liar and fraudster ?

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  7. chrism56

     /  September 16, 2017

    Looks like she’s back at the front of the Green party, and still pushing social action, not environmental concerns.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11922890

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    • robertguyton

       /  September 17, 2017

      Pushing social action? GOOD ON METIRIA! Green isn’t only about environment – never was, no matter how much you wish it; look at the Party’s descriptions and learn something new, chris56

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  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 16, 2017

    The woman is a lifetime taker AFAICS. If that’s true maybe when she leaves Parliament she can turn her life around and give something back.

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  9. Ray

     /  September 16, 2017

    She didn’t seem to be keen to talk to reporters today, in fact she showed an amazing turn of speed and agility to avoid it on TV3.
    Who knew

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    • robertguyton

       /  September 17, 2017

      They harrassed her relentlessly, Ray – she’d be foolish to give them another shot – and she’s not foolish.

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  10. patupaiarehe

     /  September 16, 2017

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11923069

    About two months ago I told the country my story and gave the country the gift of a story of a real life – the real life of what it’s like to live on a benefit in this country,” she said.

    She became tearful when speaking about the response to her controversial admission that she once lied to Work and Income to hold on to her benefit – a revelation that later lead to her resignation.

    “When did we decide that our country would be so mean? So unfair?” Turei said. “That solo mothers and their babies and the working poor grandparents taking care of grandkids should have to suffer so much just for a decent life?

    “We never decided that. That was never our choice, was it? And now we’ve got the opportunity to fix it.”

    Whatever you think of Metiria, at least she was honest about her past misdeeds, unlike another MP (allegedly 😉 )

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 18, 2017

      Was she honest? Her family didn’t seem to think so.

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      • patupaiarehe

         /  September 18, 2017

        I would have thought you would be the first person to give an anonymous source no credibility Alan

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        • PDB

           /  September 18, 2017

          It appears she had very good reasons to resign rather than publically answer the questions RNZ put to her that by all accounts had come from a source/s close to the family of the father of Turei’s daughter.

          Honest? Not so much. Telling a half-truth for political gain is almost worse than not telling at all. Maybe she is slightly more honest than Winston but who isn’t? 🙂

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          • patupaiarehe

             /  September 18, 2017

            Paula Bennett? Bill English? Mike Sabin? John Key?

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            • PDB

               /  September 18, 2017

              What about them?

            • patupaiarehe

               /  September 18, 2017

              A clever sausage like yourself should be able to figure it out. I’ll make it really easy for you;

              Honest? Not so much. Telling a half-truth for political gain is almost worse than not telling at all. Maybe she is slightly more honest than Winston but who isn’t? 🙂

            • PDB

               /  September 18, 2017

              All politicians resort to not telling the total truth Patu but Turei was in a different league in wanting to become a false martyr.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  September 18, 2017

              I don’t think she wanted to be a martyr Pants. I also think she has a pretty good chance of winning Te Tai Tonga this Saturday.

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