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Turei switches to Te Tai Tonga

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/01/2017
Metiria Turei © Phil Walter/Getty Images Metiria Turei

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei has given up trying to become MP for Dunedin North and will stand in the Te Tai Tonga electorate at this year's election.

The List MP stood in Dunedin North at the last three elections but was third on each occasion in the Labour stronghold.

Labour frontbencher David Clark has been the electorate's MP since 2011 and Labour has held the seat since 1978.

"I've loved standing in Dunedin North, but I think this is the right time to step aside," she said.

Ms Turei contested Te Tai Tonga in 2005 and was third, more than 6700 votes behind Labour's Mahara Okeroa.

Labour's Rino Tirakatene currently holds the Maori seat where the Greens were second in the party vote at the last election.

"I will be working to build on that even more," she said.

Ms Turei entered parliament as a List MP in 2002 after coming a distant second behind Labour's John Tamihere in the Tamaki Makaurau.

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