Metiria Turei

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Metiria Turei
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2nd Female co-leader of the Green Party
Assumed office
30 May 2009
Co-leader with James Shaw
Preceded by Jeanette Fitzsimons
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green Party List
Assumed office
27 July 2002
Personal details
Born (1970-02-13) 13 February 1970 (age 47)
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Political party Green Party (2002–present)
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (1996)
McGillicuddy Serious Party (1993)
Spouse(s) Warwick Stanton

Metiria Leanne Agnes Stanton Turei (born 1970) is a New Zealand member of Parliament and the female co-leader of the Green Party alongside James Shaw.[1]

As of 2016 she is the Green Party spokesperson on Inequality, Justice, and Building and Housing.[2]

Early years[edit]

Turei failed her high school examinations and in 1987 she worked her first job as a kitchen-hand at the Hard Rock Café in Palmerston North working the late shift[3] Between 1989–1991, Turei was the Tumuaki o Te Iwi Maori Rawakore o Aotearoa and involved with Te Roopu Rawakore o Aotearoa. Turei was a founding member of the Random Trollops performance art troupe.[4]

Political career[edit]

She was a candidate for the McGillicuddy Serious Party in the 1993 election and for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party in the 1996 election.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2002–2005 47th List 8 Green
2005–2008 48th List 6 Green
2008–2011 49th List 4 Green
2011–2014 50th List 1 Green
2014–present 51st List 1 Green

In the 2002 general election, the Green Party received 7.00% of the vote, which allowed them 9 seats in Parliament.[5] Turei, standing in Tāmaki Makaurau, was ranked 8th on the Green Party's party list, and so entered Parliament as a list MP. When she was elected, Turei left her job as a corporate lawyer for Simpson Grierson to become a Member of Parliament.

She retained her place in Parliament ranked 6th on the Greens' list in the 2005 election when she stood in Te Tai Tonga.


In 2009, Turei's Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot.[6] The bill received a conscience vote at its first reading, but was defeated 84–34.[7] Later that year, her Liquor Advertising (Television and Radio) Bill was also drawn, but it too was defeated.[8]

Turei in 2008

In 2008 she was ranked 4th on the Green Party's list and stood in the Dunedin North electorate. She lost the election in Dunedin North to Labour's Pete Hodgson, finishing third with 11.09%[9] of the vote. However she returned to parliament due to her high ranking on the Green Party list.


On 30 May 2009 Turei was elected as the fourth co-leader (second female) of the Green Party. In line with Green Party policy, there must be both a male and a female co-leader. She was elected ahead of Sue Bradford, a veteran MP, who had passed three private member's bills by then.

In July 2009 Turei's Marine Animals Protection Law Reform Bill, which would strengthen protection for dolphins and other marine mammals, was drawn from the member's ballot.[10][11] The bill was defeated at its first reading later that month.[12]

In September 2009 Turei led the Green campaign opposing the government's plans to allow mining in New Zealand's national parks.[13] Her Crown Minerals (Protection of Public Conservation Land Listed in the Fourth Schedule) Amendment Bill, which aims to strengthen the protection for national parks, was drawn from the member's ballot in April 2010.[14][15]


In October 2012 her Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment bill was drawn from the ballot. Before its first reading however, National, ACT and United Future said they would not be voting for it.[16]

Turei, along with the rest of the Green Party, voted in support of Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013, allowing same-sex couples to legally marry in New Zealand.[17]

Personal life[edit]

She has one daughter and her partner is Warwick Stanton.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Members of Parliament". Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Metiria Turei MP". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "My Summer Job: Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei". New Zealand Herald. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "A Random Trollop to rock the House | Scoop News". Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "2002 GENERAL ELECTION – OFFICIAL RESULT". Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  7. ^ New Zealand Parliamentary Debates 655 4850.
  8. ^ "Liquor Advertising (Television and Radio) Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Official Count Results – Dunedin North". Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Marine Animals Protection Law Reform Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "New Bill good news for dolphins and fishing industry". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  12. ^ New Zealand Parliamentary Debates 656 5273.
  13. ^ "Kiwis can speak out on mining". Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Crown Minerals (Protection of Public Conservation Land Listed in the Fourth Schedule) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "Greens' bill protecting conservation land drawn from ballot". The New Zealand Herald. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  16. ^ "Casino crime bill doomed to fail". 3 News NZ. 15 November 2012. 
  17. ^ Harkanwal Singh; Andy Ball (17 April 2013). "Marriage equality bill – How MPs voted". Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  18. ^ "Metiria Turei: My daughter saved me". New Zealand Woman's Weekly. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Jeanette Fitzsimons
Female co-leader of the Green Party
Served alongside: Russel Norman, James Shaw