Posts by Metiria Turei

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    Warming Up Christchurch - by Metiria Turei

    Earlier this week I was in Christchurch launching our newest policy to Warm Up Christchurch, and the rest of New Zealand, by reinstating the hugely successful insulation and clean heating programme Warm Up New Zealand, and by setting up special grants for Christchurch homes undergoing repair. It was an apt day to be launching a […] read more
    May 30, 2014 12:55 pm - 2 Comments
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    A house with no land to put it on is not an affordable first home - by Metiria Turei

    Prime Minister John Key today told Auckland families, locked out of the housing market, to stop complaining and go look at Trade Me, saying there are more than 2000 sub-$400,000 homes they can buy. Even if that was the truth, Key’s glib response that there are plenty of cheap homes (and therefore no housing crisis) […] read more
    May 20, 2014 4:39 pm - 18 Comments
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    Green Party initial list released - by Metiria Turei

    Today we released the initial draft of our party list. We have an exciting line up of talented and experienced people going into this year’s general election. The Green Party has a strong, dynamic team in Parliament and we’re looking forward to growing our numbers to make even more positive change. That we have, in […] read more
    March 17, 2014 2:29 pm - No Comments
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    Grandmas Shoes: Poverty, Headology and Deep Freedom - by Metiria Turei

    This talk was delivered by Metiria at the TEDxhomeBushRdWomen event in Wellington, 7 December 2013. I had an eclectic, sometimes impoverished childhood. We moved house a lot.  But when I was about 3 my family lived in a big old house called Hillcrest flats. Out the back was a garden and a long row of […] read more
    December 7, 2013 5:37 pm - 2 Comments
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    Point of order - by Metiria Turei

    Yesterday in Parliament I asked Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce about the SkyCity deal, and whether the Government would delay the bill in the House until after John Banks’ court case was resolved. As some of you may have seen or heard, it was pretty interesting. Not just because of Steven Joyce’s answers and the […] read more
    October 18, 2013 5:26 pm - 27 Comments
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    Building a good society - by Metiria Turei

    This week I gave a keynote speech to the Public Health Association’s Conference in New Plymouth. Here is the speech I gave. INTRODUCTION Legend has it that Albert Einstein once described insanity as the practice of repeating the same mistakes over and over again and expecting different results. Funnily enough, Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin […] read more
    September 20, 2013 12:31 pm - 13 Comments
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    Greens mourn Matthew Wootton’s disappearance - by Metiria Turei

    Green MPs and staff are mourning the disappearance of Matthew Wootton – a UK Green Party activist who was aboard the Nina schooner with six others who have not been seen since May 29, 2013. The Nina left Opua in the Bay of Islands bound for Newcastle, Australia, and is now believed to have been […] read more
    July 2, 2013 4:33 pm - No Comments
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    Response to Brian Edwards concerning Hekia Parata - by Metiria Turei

    I dont believe that the question Rachel Smalley asked of Hekia Parata: “How Maori are you”? was in anyway appropriate. I have a huge amount of respect for Brian Edwards and have read his blog which justifies Rachel’s question on the basis that was relevant to “Parata’s childhood and upbringing in a Maori family and […] read more
    June 9, 2013 12:34 pm - 45 Comments
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    A good start for all Kiwi kids is a can do - by Metiria Turei

    A good start for all Kiwi kids is a can do. KidsCan is once more stepping into the breach left by the Government and trying to plug gaps to help our most vulnerable children get a good start in life. The charity, which has led the charge on food in schools, is now looking at […] read more
    May 31, 2013 8:38 pm - 5 Comments
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    Does our country really hate us? - by Metiria Turei

    I am compelled to consider it after this week of Air NZ and the Ta Moko debacle, and yesterday’s racist cartoons and then reading this morning of Dunne’s new program to help reduce the rate of suicide among Maori and Pacifica peoples. Yes, they are connected. Our kids saw those cartoons and saw the Air […] read more
    May 31, 2013 8:16 am - No Comments
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    Devoy should investigate complaints not pretend they don’t exist - by Metiria Turei

    This is my complaint to the Human Rights Commissioner. I emailed it to the HRC at 12.26pm and received an acknowledgement at 2.26pm. I’m not sure what information the HR Commissioner was using when she said her office had received no complaints by 1pm, especially as the Mana Party had also complained and received acknowledgement […] read more
    May 30, 2013 4:57 pm - 46 Comments
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    Cackling Paula has no idea how kids will survive her reforms - by Metiria Turei

    You might think that the idea of financial sanctions on the very poorest children in New Zealand because of their parents’ behaviour would be an anathema to anyone who cares about the welfare of children. Its cruel, at best, and downright dangerous at worst. So when the Minister of Social Development decides that the income […] read more
    April 11, 2013 5:08 pm - 13 Comments
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    John Banks: learn a little history? - by Metiria Turei

    Charter schools are no joke. What’s funny, however, is John Banks’ referring to the opponents of charter schools as “Cassandras”, seemingly unaware that back in the day, poor old Cassandra was famous for her prophetic insight and the fact that her accurate warnings were ignored. John Banks probably didn’t intend to suggest the Green Party […] read more
    February 26, 2013 4:13 pm - 18 Comments
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    The heart has been ripped out of Christchurch school communities - by Metiria Turei

    Schools can be the heart of their communities. In the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes, schools played a stabilising role not just for students, but for parents and staff as well. Now though, the Government has ripped the hearts out of some of the hardest hit communities. read more
    February 19, 2013 3:18 pm - 58 Comments
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    Charter schools have no future - by Metiria Turei

    Yesterday we announced that I will become the party’s education spokesperson and I am really looking forward to Catherine and I working together to stop the Government’s attacks on our public education system. Im also pleased that Labour agrees with us, that Charter schools have no future in NZ and that together we will remove […] read more
    February 14, 2013 10:05 am - 80 Comments
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    My prayer for the nation this Waitangi Day - by Metiria Turei

    How can we, as this country’s leaders, address the inequity that has grown up amongst us? How can we build a nation where we trust and look after one another- where we are our brother’s and sisters keeper – not their bitter rival? read more
    February 6, 2013 7:56 am - 39 Comments
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    Metiria Turei’s speech in reply to the Prime Minister - by Metiria Turei

    There is nothing in today’s speech that offers tangible solutions to the big issues facing everyday New Zealanders. Worse, the direction set out by this Government does not reflect the intrinsic character of New Zealand or the underlying values of New Zealanders. read more
    January 29, 2013 3:39 pm - 47 Comments
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    Home for life – Metiria Turei’s speech at Ratana - by Metiria Turei

     Metiria Turei’s speech to the annual gathering to celebrate the birthday of the prophet, Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana  24th January, 2013  Tēnēi au e tu whakaiti nei i raro i a Ranginui, i runga i a Papatuānuku, e titiro kau ana ki ngā maunga whakahi me ngā tini uri o Tane. Ki Te Temepara Tapu, ki […] read more
    January 24, 2013 4:43 pm - 9 Comments
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    Reshuffle musical chairs – who cares? - by Metiria Turei

    How interesting is it for most people that Ministers who earn fat six figure pay-packets played musical chairs with their jobs today? Commentators have labelled John Key’s Cabinet reshuffle “dramatic” and “bold” but really all he is doing is swapping a few roles around between his MPs who have failed, if they even really tried, […] read more
    January 22, 2013 4:01 pm - 2 Comments
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    John Key and me - by Metiria Turei

    John Key and I have a similar background in some ways. We both come from a childhood of deprivation and honour our parents for their hard work and unconditional love.  As children, we both had access to a state education, to free healthcare, to a state provided home and state support for our parents when […] read more
    December 12, 2012 4:04 pm - 54 Comments
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    Will the Government stand up for victims, or the Casino? - by Metiria Turei

    The National Government has grandstanded about standing up for victims. But given a chance to do something meaningful for the victims of gambling-related crime, they’re backing their mates at the Casino instead. My Criminal Proceeds (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill is a chance to protect New Zealand businesses from the harm of gambling crime. It […] read more
    December 5, 2012 1:40 pm - 6 Comments
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    Safe mothers, safe children - by Metiria Turei

    Rodney Hide’s latest piece in the NZ Herald exposes a callous and dangerous attitude. He needs to ask himself whether he really wants solutions to reduce child death or whether he just wants to pontificate while more women and more children suffer. Every death of a child at the hands of parent is a deep […] read more
    November 26, 2012 5:35 pm - 124 Comments
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    Paula Bennett must take responsibility for privacy breaches at her Ministry - by Metiria Turei

    Since the massive privacy breach at the Ministry of Social Development was made public on Sunday 14th October, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has consistently passed the buck and refused to accept responsibility for the total failure of leadership she has provided. The release of the damning Deloitte Independent Review of Information Systems Security on […] read more
    November 6, 2012 11:14 am - 4 Comments
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    Paula Bennett’s words on privacy woefully inconsistent - by Metiria Turei

    In Parliament today, Paula Bennett further showed her woeful inconsistency when it comes to New Zealander’s right to have their private information remain private. In response to my question in Parliament to her, Bennett stated that she was “very concerned about people’s personal information being available through the kiosks.” It seems that the same level […] read more
    October 16, 2012 5:04 pm - 6 Comments
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    Nat MP nails problem with youth rates - by Metiria Turei

    (note: the above headline is not a typo) The statement below could very well be the basis for a future speech by an MP opposed to National’s legislation that will result in many young New Zealanders getting a pay cut. The fundamental proposition this bill puts up is that we need to pay people less […] read more
    October 10, 2012 11:49 am - 71 Comments
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    Live below the line – Metiria - by Metiria Turei

    Today I started the Live Below the Line challenge where I spend no more than $2.25 a day for 5 days. Please donate to help raise funds to eliminate poverty around the world. Thankfully, Jan and Denise are doing it too, which will make it better and easier because we are allowed to combine funds. […] read more
    September 25, 2012 6:18 pm - 30 Comments
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    Billy McKee should be discharged - by Metiria Turei

    Sick and injured New Zealanders deserve respect and dignity, but the prohibition laws on cannabis persecute and punish.  We have highlighted this before, put legislation up to fix the system and to make it possible for people to use cannabis as a medicine.  Thousands of New Zealanders agree to a compassionate law, but not yet […] read more
    September 25, 2012 11:07 am - 58 Comments
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    Take the Step – Auckland! - by Metiria Turei

    After spending Wednesday in the House on that crazy, toilet free, golf course plentiful Planet Key, I landed smoothly in the real world at Edmund Hillary Primary at Papakura on Thursday; a decile 1 school with a volunteer breakfast program and a community garden. You might have seen them on Campbell Live in August. Anyway, […] read more
    September 21, 2012 11:55 am - No Comments
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    Te Reo in the House - by Metiria Turei

    I had a good time last week, Te wiki o Te Reo Maori, Arohatia Te Reo. I have heard a lot of Reo over the years and more as a result of initiatives like this. I have myself studied it at school, university, at night school. Recently I have been kindly offered courses but I […] read more
    July 31, 2012 3:01 pm - 4 Comments
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    TOKM risking indigenous rights? - by Metiria Turei

    South Korea stunned the international community yesterday by announcing that they intended to exploit the ‘scientific whaling’ exemption in the International Whaling Commission rules and begin hunting minke in their coastal waters. Most nations including New Zealand have condemned this action and we have supported the government’s strong statements about it. South Korea has argued […] read more
    July 6, 2012 1:26 pm - No Comments
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    Let’s get some interaction on crime plan - by Metiria Turei

    The Government has an Action Plan to reduce crime and reoffending, and it’s great they are going to have a go. Instead of just promising to lock more people up for longer, or forever, they say they will work differently, including more closely with communities and iwi. They have targets that may seem unrealistic — […] read more
    July 5, 2012 11:27 am - 17 Comments
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    “Groupthink” - by Metiria Turei

    Yesterday we saw Work and Income boss, Janet Grossman, quit less than a year after being head-hunted from the UK. This succinctly answers our pending question – how is Minister Bennett’s newly appointed Welfare Board going to work with existing management staff in the Department of Social Development? In this case it has become clear. […] read more
    June 11, 2012 5:19 pm - 21 Comments
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    Insulation programme to reach 230,000 homes - by Metiria Turei

    It is great to see the announcement yesterday that the home insulation programme that the Green Party initiated will now reach over 230,000 homes. We’re in Parliament because we want to look after New Zealand and all of its people and this scheme is an example of how we can work with parties across the […] read more
    May 25, 2012 11:42 am - 12 Comments
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    Congratulations Keith - by Metiria Turei

    Congratulations Keith. It is great to see Keith recognised for his passionate hard work standing up for human rights both at home and around the world. Keith was awarded Amnesty International Aotearoa’s 2012 Human Rights Defender award over the weekend. We could devote pages to the campaigns, issues and individual cases (not just high profile […] read more
    May 14, 2012 2:51 pm - 4 Comments
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    John Key double standard over John Banks - by Metiria Turei

    We put out a release today comparing John Key’s demand that Helen Clark stand Winston Peters down over the Owen Glenn donation, to his own failure to take his own advice over John Banks. We said that during the 2008 Privileges Committee inquiry into Winston Peters’ electoral donations, John Key called on Prime Minister Helen […] read more
    April 30, 2012 5:07 pm - 9 Comments
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    Make history tomorrow: vote Green - by Metiria Turei

    It is election day eve and the Green Party has been polling at record highs over the past few weeks. We need your help to turn those polls into seats in Parliament. You can make history tomorrow and get more Green MPs than ever before. A vote for the Greens is a vote for a […] read more
    November 25, 2011 6:00 pm - 11 Comments
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    Kaimoana, Motiti, and the oil - by Metiria Turei

    Yesterday I was on Motiti Island, where the hapu have borne the brunt of the oil and debris from the grounded Rena. You can clearly see the Rena really from the coast. The hapu are extremely well organised with clean-up crews. They have all the protective gear and they are sending teams out every day. […] read more
    October 19, 2011 1:31 pm - 14 Comments
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    Childcare changes typical of Govt’s anti-child approach - by Metiria Turei

    Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has realised that if you’re going to work-test sole parents and force them into low-paid jobs when their children are six (or younger), someone’s going to have to look after the kids. read more
    October 3, 2011 4:39 pm - 6 Comments
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    Make Working for Families work for all families - by Metiria Turei

    In 2005, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) was granted access to the Human Rights Review Tribunal for a case in which they claimed the In Work Tax Credit (IWTC) component of Working for Families (WFF) family assistance package unjustifiably discriminated on the grounds of employment status in providing significantly less assistance to families on […] read more
    September 9, 2011 7:23 am - 65 Comments
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    An afternoon at the $8.95 Welfare Forum - by Metiria Turei

    Yesterday, I went along to the $8.95 Welfare Forum organised by the Alternative Welfare Working Group.  I was pleased to see around 100 people turn out – twice the number I’ve been told were at the $895 Welfare Conference opened by Paula Bennett yesterday. Minister Bennett was, as I expected, a no-show at the $8.95 […] read more
    June 21, 2011 2:20 pm - 15 Comments