Tariana Turia

Ngāti Apa, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Whanganui

1944 -

Turia has worked as a Southern Regional Co-ordinator for Māori Access training programmes; worked in Māori Affairs Head Office; was Chief Executive of Te Oraganui Iwi Health Authority, Manager of Whanganui Regional Developemnt Board Trust in 1989, Manager of Whaioranga Iwi Social Services Unity in 1991, and was a Service broker for Te Puni Kokiri Whanganui Office from She was a Labour member of Parliament from 12 Oct. 1996 until her resignation on 17 May 2004. She was a Founding member of the Māori Party and is currently Member of Parliament for Te Tai Hauauru and Co-Leader of the Māori Party.

Biographical sources

  • “Hon Tariana Turia.” “Members of Parliament: Current MPs.” New Zealand Parliament Paremata Aotearoa 2 Dec. 2010. http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/MPs/8/7/1/49MP12081-Turia-Tariana.htm


  • He Korowai Oranga: Māori Health Strategy. Hon. Annette King, Hon. Tariana Turia. Wellington, N.Z.: Ministry of Health Manatu Hauora, 2002.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • Walking the Talk: A Collection of Tariana’s Papers. Ed. R. A. Selby. Otaki, N.Z.: Te Wananga o Raukawa, 2005.
  • Selected speeches presented between 2000-2005.