February 03, 2014
Wardrobe monitors hammer racial upstart
Metiria Turei is sticking with her criticisms of National Cabinet Ministers Anne Tolley and Judith Collins as racist.
Mrs Tolley called the Greens co-leader a hypocrite for saying the Government was out of touch while wearing expensive clothes and living in a castle, and Mrs Collins weighed in with claims she dressed badly and was a sensitive wee sausage.
Ms Turei says they seemed to take the position that she was not entitled to advocate for the poor if she was no longer poor herself.
She says the pair feel free to attack her because they see her as above her status as a Maori woman from a working class background.
"I’ve been getting an incredible amount of mail and social media from Maori all across the country. Maori understand this, we see it every day, but like most we don’t name it because it is so hard to do so, and then when you do name it you’re the one, I’m the one that’s in trouble because I’ve named them for what they are, sexist and elitist and racist," Ms Turei says.
Se tries to dress well because kuia and kaumatua are quick to pull her up is she isn’t presented well, but she is not excessive about her spending.
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