Tariana Turia – the boss lady
“I’m looking forward and there’s no doubt in to that day of co-leadmy mind that the lady ership!” was the suris the boss. Sure Pita prising response from and Hone are the parPita Sharples when I ty’s media stars, but congratulated him and when it comes to the Tariana Turia on how crunch, it’s Tariana well they’ve shared the who makes the call. leadership of the Maori When I asked Hone, Party. the party’s strategist,
Pita was joking when if they would consider he implied Tariana was forfeiting their party the sole leader and vote for a deal with the boss and that he, Hone Greens, the Boss Lady Harawira and Te Uruintervened and stated roa Flavell are the supunequivocally that the port cast. Maori Party would do
But it might not be no such deals. far from the truth. There wouldn’t be too
I interviewed Tarimany women, let alone ana, Pita and Hone this men, who could shut week on Radio Waatea Hone Harawira up, apart from his mother and wife!
But to his credit Hone had no problem with Tariana stating the party line.
It’s a tribute to her that she’s able to manage the likes of Hone, Pita and Te Ururoa – leaders in their own right.
What’s even more fascinating is that she’s a Maori woman and if you know anything about our world, it’s not exactly the bastion of women’s rights.
She is one of this country’s finest leaders, ranking right up there with Helen Clark in terms of bull determination, but in my book she’s got a little more style.
When I suggested to her that she was being naive for telling Maori to give their party vote to the Maori Party, I was told in no uncertain terms, but with a smile, that I wasn’t the party’s strategist.
In other words, mind my own business.
That’s Tariana Turia, co-leader and boss of the Maori Party.