Turei resigns as Greens support drops

Former Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei speaking to voters earlier this year. Photo: Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand/Facebook.

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Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei’s resignation last night came ahead of a considerable drop in the party’s poll ratings.

The latest Newshub-Reid Research Poll puts the Greens on 8.3 per cent – a 4.7 per cent decrease.

Metiria resigned as co-leader just after 5pm on Wednesday night, ahead of the poll’s release.

She had been under pressure for weeks following an admission she had committed benefit fraud in the 1990s, as well as registering a false address in order to vote.

Her actions prompted two members of the Green party caucus, Kennedy Graham and David Clendon, to resign themselves earlier this week in protest of her staying on as leader.

Meanwhile, the big winner in the latest poll is Labour, which surged to 33.1 per cent under the command of Jacinda Ardern – whom the poll also puts neck-and-neck with Bill English as preferred prime minister.

Jacinda says in her nine years in parliament, she has seen MPs from almost all parties resign under tough circumstances.

“Behind almost every single one has been a history of working hard and championing the people they have represented,” she says.

“I want to acknowledge Metiria’s enormous contribution to politics and important causes during the fifteen years she has been in parliament.

“We have worked together both as parliamentary colleagues and also as members of our respective senior leadership teams. Metiria has always had a steadfast commitment to social justice, especially championing the rights of children, and changing the government – a challenge I know we will both remain focused on.”

ACT Party leader David Seymour calls Metiria’s resignation ‘a major victory for taxpayers’.

"The resignation of Metiria Turei is a major victory for taxpayers, for honest beneficiaries, and for decency in politics," he says.

"Metiria has finally done the right thing by the public and her party, but also her family who are now spared the intense scrutiny they would have faced as media investigated the undeclared support she received while on a benefit.

"ACT’s focus on this issue has been completely vindicated. Metiria would not have resigned if there was no truth to the reports fed to me – reports that I prompted media to challenge her on.

"This means we can now move on to a campaign that focuses on policy, not personality."

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@ Laurie

Posted on 17-08-2017 00:39 | By MISS ADVENTURE

The path choosen was completely misguided, that is of course no surprise at all. The obvious is that many more have at last seen what the majority have known for decades. About time, just need one or two other very minor parties to also implode via electorate awakening and then general order can be restored to NZ at long last.


Posted on 12-08-2017 13:53 | By Papamoaner

Also proves that vegies are best eaten un-peeled.


Posted on 11-08-2017 16:42 | By Laurie

If they’re veges - YES - a political party NO. Their handling of this MT saga is appalling, what on earth did they think would happen when she admitted to benefit & electoral fraud?? Then allowing 2 principled MP’s to walk while supporting a fraudster through some sort of misguided loyalty is almost unbelievable - look where its got them. It really makes you question the intelligence of the other caucus members - particularly when she showed no sign contrition & instead gave the impression that it wasn’t that serious, almost like it was OK because she needed the extra money at the time!!

% drop?

Posted on 10-08-2017 21:33 | By phoenix

I thought a drop from 13% to 8.3% was a 50% fall. Mind you I have been wrong before.

What a tragedy

Posted on 10-08-2017 18:26 | By Papamoaner

Some good comments on here. It has left me a bit ambivalent. As a national supporter, I have to admit she was very presentable and seemed to be doing good work. I guess the moral is; don’t enter politics if your cupboard has skeletons because they WILL be uncovered sooner or later. Tragedy for her, tragedy for her party.

Interesting Pap

Posted on 10-08-2017 17:39 | By maildrop

You mention bad upbringing again, having accused me of a bad upbringing in another story, yet it seems you are admitting here to crimes? But it was a long time ago, so never mind. Well I’ll tell you one thing old boy, I’ve never broken any laws, not even a traffic infringement. So how arrogant of you to cast aspersions on my character and that of my parents. Your arrogance seems to be limitless, perhaps why you support Metiria, who showed incredible arrogance by trying to spin her way out of trouble. Her own ego was her undoing. You probably don’t see that as well.

The Straw That Broke The Camels Back

Posted on 10-08-2017 16:31 | By backofthequeue

Metiria is not the first person to be less than honest with a government department. That was not an issue and I can fully appreciate her reasons for entering into the discussion. What was the final straw for me was her admittance to electoral fraud when she is front and centre of a political party operating within our democratic system of government. She had to go!


Posted on 10-08-2017 15:55 | By Papamoaner

Yes, I guess you are right, but I must admit I never took responsibility for my stupidity in my teens and late teens, and didn’t admit to much. Nothing too serious, just not good. Which is why many of us oldies harbour a bit of guilt as we get even older. With that comes compassion. Some have neither, probably due to bad upbringing, but I don’t consider that lady to be one of them

No tolerance

Posted on 10-08-2017 13:29 | By overit

Just goes to show NZ taxpayers have a no tolerance attitude to beneficiary fraud. She had to go to clear the air.

The scandal that keeps on giving.

Posted on 10-08-2017 12:47 | By waiknot

Initially I had a little sympathy for her. But as time goes on it gets worse. She had family support, mum was a flat mate. She was not a solo mum with her back to the wall. She was totally milking the system. Even to this day she holds an attitude of entitlement. There appears to be a total lack of understanding that funding is money and somewhere, someone had to earn it.


Posted on 10-08-2017 12:09 | By Bay Citizen

Yes, we have all made mistakes in our past, but the required response is to apologise, show contrition, and take responsibility. MT showed no remorse, kept on lying as more and more dishonesty was uncovered, and displayed huge levels of entitlement as her story about being in abject poverty unravelled a bit more each day.


Posted on 10-08-2017 10:57 | By surfsup

"The resignation of Metiria Turei is a major victory for taxpayers, strong comments from somebody who is only in parliament with the grace of the National party. Double standards from Mr Seymour when John Key registered to vote in an electorate he did not live in and the well documented but now strangely quiet case of Mr English claiming money he was not entitled to for a house he was not living in. While I dont’ condone what she did , the baying for blood the likes of David Seymour and the pro national media has shown is nothing short of disgraceful."The resignation of Metiria Turei is a major victory for taxpayers: the removal of the parasite that the ACT and United Future parties are would also be a much welcomed victory for the taxpayer.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone

Posted on 10-08-2017 09:58 | By Papamoaner

She gave the impression of being a very nice lady. Fortunately it looks as though she will continue to make a contribution behind the scenes. When I look back at my young days and the silly things I did, there’s no way I am qualified to cast the first stone, and I’ll bet there aren’t many others either. Shamefully, Kiwis seem to have become a culture of social bullies, urged on by the media, creating a frenzy that is a bit out of proportion.


Posted on 10-08-2017 09:54 | By Denny G

She took her time standing down but she would have been the first to go to the press if it had been another party official. There has been a lot of credibility lost for the Greens over this will they recover in time ?

Good Bye

Posted on 10-08-2017 09:42 | By the roofer

The only people who came out of this with any credibility were the two men who resigned because she wouldn’t. She should face a prison sentence after paying back all money (with compound interest). Special treatment means there is no equality.