Dame Tariana Turia

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Dame Tariana Turia, DNZM

Ngāti Apa, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

“To know ourselves, our strengths, our challenges and chart our own course”, is a philosophy Dame Tariana Turia lives by. She came to prominence during the 79-day Moutoa Gardens protest in 1995. 

Since then her impressive achievements have included being an MP for 18 years, tackling the tobacco industry and setting a national target to be “smokefree” by 2025. Turia is also synonymous with Whānau Ora. 

Tariana Turia challenged the Labour Government against the introduction of the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004. Her bold actions were revolutionary and led to her leaving the Labour Government to establishing and co-leading the Māori Party. 

Turia was made a Dame in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List (her investiture was at Pūtiki Marae, Whanganui in 2018) and she was awarded the Blake Medal – the top honour for leadership given by the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

Watch this excerpt from a Sunday interview with Tariana Turia in 2004, following her decision to resign from the Labour Party over the Foreshore and Seabed legislation.

Find out more about Dame Tariana Turia:

Read more about Dame Tariana Turia on the 100 Māori Leaders website.

Read an RNZ article about Dame Tariana Turia winning the Blake Medal

Image: Screengrab: Sunday.

Catalogue Reference TZP288100

Year 2004


Presenter/Reporter: Miriama Kamo

Excerpt: 0:02:00

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