Crossing the Floor: The Story of Tariana Turia

Crossing the Floor: The Story of Tariana Turia

by Helen Leahy

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This biography of Tariana Turia sees family members, iwi leaders, social justice advocates and politicians share their experiences of this remarkable woman. While parliament was not part of her life plan, Tariana Turia was involved in many community initiatives. A turning point came in 1995, when Tariana’s leadership was evident in the reoccupation of Pakaitore. Here was a woman with the courage to care, the determination to speak up and a deep commitment to whanau. Inevitably, she was invited to stand in the 1996 general election. In her eighteen years as an MP, she advanced thinking in the disability area, advocated for tobacco reform and spoke out about sexual abuse, violence and racism. She also led the Whanau Ora initiative. In 2004, she crossed the floor, leading to the birth of the Maori Party.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781775502692
Publisher: Huia (NZ) Ltd
Publication date: 11/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 588
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Helen Leahy is specialist advisor for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu/Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu (Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency). She was formerly ministerial advisor and Chief of Staff of the Maori Party, and during the 2014 general election, she was national secretary for the Maori Party. Prior to this, she has held roles as a policy analyst, press secretary, speech writer, party secretary and electorate delegate.

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