Dame Sukhi Turner

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Dame Sukhi Turner, DNZM

Dame Sukhinder Kaur Turner (known as "Sukhi"), served three terms as Mayor of Dunedin from 1995 until her retirement from the position in 2004. She was the first woman mayor of the city and the first New Zealand mayor of Indian descent.   

Born into a Sikh family in Punjab, India, she studied in the United States and moved to New Zealand in the 1970s after marrying cricketer Glenn Turner. She became involved in community organisations and served on the Dunedin City Council before defeating the incumbent mayor in the 1995 local body elections. In this excerpt of radio news coverage of the 1995 election, Turner speaks about the issues she campaigned on, to defeat the incumbent mayor Richard Walls.

A strong environmentalist and member of the Green Party, she was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002 and has also received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honour for non-resident Indians.

Find out more about Dame Sukhi Turner: 

Listen to a half-hour biographical interview with Sukhi Turner from 1991. 

Watch a video tribute to Turner from the Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame. 

Image: Governor-General Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, congratulates Dame Sukhinder Turner, DCNZM, 2009. Image courtesy Government House.

Catalogue Reference 21565

Year 1995


Presenter: Mike Hosking
Reporter: Peter Wells

Excerpt: 00:02:15

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