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The Honourable Dame Tariana Turia, DNZM
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Former Māori Party co-leader Dame Tariana Turia of Ngati Apa, Nga Wairiki, Nga Rauru, Tuwharetoa, and Whanganui has been a champion of rangatiratanga (self determination) for Māori and was elected to Parliament as a Labour list MP in 1996 and stood down at the 2014 General Election.

Between 2008 and 2014, with the Māori Party in a support arrangement with the Key-led National government, her ministerial portfolios included Whanau Ora, Disability Issues.

She has also been the Minister for Community and Voluntary sector, Associate Minister of Health, Māori Affairs, Social Development, Child Youth and Family, Housing, Corrections, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

The Whānau Ora policy, which devolves social policy delivery to communities and whanau and aims to support families rather than individuals, is seen as her proudest legacy.

She is a Pou for the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Te Pou Matakana; a member of the independent Assessment Panel for the South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, a Life-member of CCS Disability Action, an appointed member of the Whanganui District Health Board, a member of the Superu Board, Pou of Te Korowai Aroha and Te Pou Tupua O Te Awa O Whanganui.