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Greens co-leader draws solidarity as well as criticism

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She has drawn a lot of criticism for it, but Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei’s admission of benefit fraud has also gained her admirers. A huge group of Kiwis - many of them solo mums - have written online about their own experience­s with the social welfare system, using the hashtag #IAmMetiria to show that they sympathise. ‘‘I can only read a few #IAmMetiria at a time because it’s heart breaking. Too much, whanau, just awesome. And soon, we’re all gonna fix it,’’ Turei wrote in response.

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