Green supporters say they want Turei back in Parliament

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
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Politics,
Publish Date
Friday, 1 September 2017, 3:20PM
Former Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has the backing of supporters (Image / NZH)
Former Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has the backing of supporters (Image / NZH)

Green Party members in Christchurch have sent a strong message to Metiria Turei - they want her back in Parliament.

The former co-leader - who's standing for the Te Tai Tonga Maori seat - spoke to a crowd of 250 last night at the Transitional Cathedral.

Her speech came just after the latest Colmar Brunton poll put the Greens at five percent - a slight increase on the previous poll, but only just enough to secure them a return to Parliament.

Non-Maori crowd members expressed frustration at not being able to able to vote in her electorate.

There was a widespread desire to see her back in the Beehive next term.

One supporter said they wanted her backĀ "100%", with another saying Ms Turei returning to Parliament "would be very nice."

At the same event, Ms Turei fought back tearsĀ as she admitted she's frustrated she did not fight back more before stepping down.

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