The 2016 recipient of the Tū Rangatira mō te Ora award is Metiria Turei.
Metiria is from Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ati hau nui a Paparangi, and Rangitāne me Raukawa.
Metiria was chosen for her long-standing commitment to social justice, her work to reduce inequality and her advocacy for Māori development.
In particular, the PHA wanted to recognise the passion and energy Metiria has put into advocating for tamariki Māori and all New Zealand children, in her work to reduce child poverty.
We also acknowledge her active commitment to making Te Tiriti o Waitangi live in political and community action.
Metiria has been Green Party Co-leader since 2009. But you may not know that she has firsthand experience of the challenges Māori whānau face. As a young single Mum, Metiria used the training incentive allowance to put herself through law school. After graduating in 1999 she worked as a commercial lawyer before entering Parliament in 2002.
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