Metiria Leanne Agnes Stanton Turei (born 1970) is a New Zealand member of Parliament and the female co-leader of the Green Party. Between 1989–1991, Metiria was the Tumuaki o Te Iwi Maori Rawakore o Aotearoa and involved with TeRoopu Rawakore o Aotearoa. Metiria was a founding member of the Random Trollops performance arttroupe. She was a candidate for the McGillicuddy Serious Party in the 1993 election and for the AotearoaLegalise Cannabis Party in the 1996 election. She joined the Green Party in 2002 and was elected as co-leader at the Green Party AGM in 2009. Apart from her being a part of the Random Trollops, she does not appear to have held down a job of substance.
Fran O’Sullivan thinks Julie Ann Genter would be a much better bet. Maybe!
If the Greens are intent on becoming a mainstream political party with sufficient cachet to be a credible Government partner they should persuade Metiria Turei to join Russel Norman in resigning. Norman’s resignation – announced with a great deal of dignity yesterday – has switched the focus to Turei. …
Turei’s personal brand is associated with oppositional politics.
Many centrist voters would vote for a true Greens platform if they were sure it wasn’t going to be accompanied by the resurfacing of Alliance-style policies. Arguably that won’t happen until the Greens elect a modern politician whose focus is square in the mainstream – like Julie Ann Genter – to a leadership role.
Genter has built a strong constituency in Auckland which is starting to transcend party lines. She’s a credible commentator on transport and could easily take a ministerial role in a future government if the Greens get serious about getting into power.