A close family member told us (Checkpoint) today that extended family members had found the last few weeks “galling” listening to Metiria Turei’s claims she had committed benefit fraud because she and her young daughter needed the domestic purposes benefit to survive.
The family member strongly refuted this, telling Checkpoint Ms Turei’s daughter Piupiu was muuch loved and supported by extended family including paternal grandmother forme North Shore Mayor and Labour MP Ann Hartley.
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My initial reaction is that what the family member’s said could be parsed any number of ways and could have been occasioned for any number of reasons.
But regardless of how I or anyone might read it, the fact is that there’s no way back from that kind of statement, no matter what explanations that are thrown at it.
Basically I’m just gutted that Metiria’s gone from parliament. That said, parliament isn’t where our politics are formed. And parliament isn’t where our change comes from. Those things always have and always will rise up from the streets.
Parliament merely responds.