Saturday, January 24, 2015


Just why National bothers turning up at Ratana Pa year after year has me somewhat stumped.   Makes about as much sense butting in on May Day celebrations organised by the CTU.    No criticism of the religion intended but the reality is that the Ratana Church is a minority religion among Maoridom with strong links to the Labour Party.   It does not speak for Maoridom.

So yesterday New Zealand was 'treated' to a speech by Metiria Turei prepared for (but not delivered because of time constraints?) delivery at Ratana Pa as part of the annual pilgrimage by politicians or all shapes and colours to acknowledge the Church and its founder TW Ratana.

In the speech she launched a 'stinging attack' on John Key for his "warped, outrageous and deeply offensive" views on New Zealand history and characterised the PM as a prime example of "ignorant, uneducated Pakeha" ... this notwithstanding that the Green Party has as one of its stated values "to engage respectfully without personal attacks".   So much for Green Party values.

So just who is Meteria Turei, co-leader of the Greens.    Well, one thing we know is that she can be characterised as a 'political prostitute' having stood for the McGillicuddy Serious Party in thje 1993 election and the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party in 1996 (this could explain at lot) before gravitating to the Greens in time to be elected as a List MP at the 2002 election.

So what have been her achievements to date?   Well, apart from the quite incongruous situation where she pontificates against social injustice while wearing $2,000 Adrienne Winklemann designer jackets (surely the ultimate Chardonnay Socialist) nothing much at all.   In 2006 her 'Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill' was drawn from the ballot but was defeated 84-34 while later that year her 'Liquor Advertising Bill' was also drawn and defeated.    In 2009 her 'Marine Animals Protection Law Reform Bill was drawn from the ballot but defeated at its first reading and later that year her Crown Minerals Amendment Bill, also drawn in the ballot, went nowhere.

In 2009 Turei was elected co-leader of the Greens defeating Sue Bradford who, by then, had been successful with three Private Member's Bills.   Not sure why, being Maori would have helped (bi-sexual and homosexual/lesbian and she would have scootered in for both positions such is the way the Greens work; but I digress).    Perhaps Bradford was seen as too radical but at least she remained true to herself as evidenced in her dalliance with the Mana Party and its association with crimdotcon.

Metiria Leanne Agnes Turei is the ugly face of the Greens.   Should they ever succeed in going into coalition with Labour it will be in spite of her rather than because of her.

p.s.    for EtC.    Don't worry about the latest Roy Morgan Poll results (even though it is seen as favouring Labour).    It was certainly a rogue result.   Labour can't have possibly dropped under the leadership of their fourth new face in as many years.   Oh yeah of 'Little' hope.  


Anonymous said...

I understand that her former mother in law was Ann Hartley the one time Labour MP, and ex Mayor of somewhere on the North shore, and it was she who persuaded her to go to main stream politics and forget the baccy.
I suspect that that explains a lot.

The Veteran said...

Anon 1.12 ... surely Greens and main-stream politics is an oxymoron.

pdm said...

Vet - you overlooked her rabid support for Labour's `elimination of free speech' legislation prior to the 2008 election.

tranquil said...

"Metiria Leanne Agnes Turei..."

*Agnes* (giggle).... for once, I feel sorry for her.

Edward the Confessor said...

Setting aside the fact that your whole post is pretty much a vicious personal attack (even stooping to a bitchy critique of clothing tastes - Judith Collins anyone?), can you kindly direct me to the quote you claim Turei made calling Key an "ignorant, uneducated Pakeha"? That really would be outrageous, but if you made it up then you're simply a liar, and should apologise.

Shane Ponting said...

EtC do you just sit on nominister and expunge out a random orifice at regular intervals, that being the totality of your internet activities ? Not sure you how missed

The Veteran said...

EtC ... for authentication go to

in the sentence beginning 'Greens co-leader ....

I agree with you ... the comment is outrageous.

As for the personal attack ... thought it was a pretty honest critique.

Particularly the bit where I highlighted the conflict in her speech with Green Party values.

And don't you think it grotesque that a person wearing $2,000 designer jackets should pontificate on social injustice?

Anyway, slam dunk, no apology.

Sad about the Roy Morgan poll too.

Edward the Confessor said...

It's not a slam dunk; she never said it, go look at her speech. Not sure who Trevitt is supposedly quoting. Morgan perhaps, but anyway you're lying. The least you're guilty of is not checking your facts. Apology pending (but the tory psychopathic never say sorry, even when caught with their pants down, as they so often are).

"And don't you think it grotesque that a person wearing $2,000 designer jackets should pontificate on social injustice?"

Dunno, but I can't see how. Ask Paula Bennett maybe.

Anonymous said...

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei started it, suggesting Mr Key was a prime example of the "ignorant Pakeha" Gareth Morgan had berated the day before.

It's a bit dubious believing what the Herald reports, but there it is.


Anonymous said...

The actual speech is here.


Edward the Confessor said...

Well waddya know? No mention of the quote attributed to her by the Veteran in his toxic attack. Apology pending...

The Veteran said...

EtC ... Gueez wept, can't you read. What part of "Metiria Turei started it suggesting Mr Key was a prime example of the ignorant Pakeha ...." don't you understand.

There are a number of variations reported and I'll stick with the 'ignorant, uneducated, Pakeha' one as reflecting what she said.

Turei ain't worth it and just why you want to bury yourself defending the indefensible is somewhat surprising ... but perhaps not.

Edward the Confessor said...

"What part of "Metiria Turei started it suggesting Mr Key was a prime example of the ignorant Pakeha ...." don't you understand (sic)."

She did not say that though. Look, you've been busted. You lied and you're trying to weasel out of it, and not doing a very good job. You falsely attributed words to Turei (using actual quotation marks, you know what they mean right?) to try and make her look bad. Are you sorry for lying now you've been found out? The tory psychopathic are never sorry for lying though are they? All in a good cause, right?

pdm said...

Ted - one does not have to try very hard to make Turia look bad. It is something which she easily manages herself - usually when she opens her mouth and speaks.

The Veteran said...

EtC ... you're boring and your dancing on the head of a pin naked ain't a pretty site.

I'm glad you defend the Gucci Sheila's outburst as being in line with the Green Party stated values.

Clearly to your socialist mind values mean nowt.

This thread is now closed.

Go the Black Caps later today.

The Veteran said...

Bugger ... site = sight.

Edward the Confessor said...
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Adolf Fiinkensein said...

The idiot can't read either.

Closed means closed.

Edward the Confessor said...
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