Turei sells out her roots. At what price?


The loyal Whale Army and fashionistas everywhere have been reading my posts this week on the Green Fashion Watch and Metiria Turei’s questionable attempts at smartening herself up by paying thousands and thousands of dollars for designer clothes from an extremely posh Auckland designer called Adrienne Winkelmann.

It seems Seven Sharp has also been keeping a close eye on my blog because lo and behold they had a feature on Turei last night in which the stark contrast between the dirty hippy Turei and the trough-snorting corporate power-grabber was laid bare. 

The Greens co-leader may have had a girly giggle on the outside, but inside she will have been squirming as her clumsy makeover will alienate a large proportion of her sandal-wearing caucus and dope smoking hippy party workers.

And as for comparing Turei to Crusher? In her dreams maybe.

But a few lingering questions remain.

How much did these outfits cost? Whale fashion-watchers reckon between $3000-$4000 per outfit, but I’m sure journos and party workers will now be approaching Turei for confirmation. Not only that, given the…ahem…not off the rack shape of Ms Turei then it is likely that these are bespoke and therefore even more expensive.

And more importantly, who paid for these outfits? Did the cash come from her personal account?

Or was it filed under…ahem…”expenses”, and charged to the taxpayer?

One last thing. Wouldn’t this money have been better spent on ending child poverty?

Russel – you need to sort this out.


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  • Pete George

    This is unfair, Greens should be free to transfer their own wealth to whomever they choose, be it clothes designers or whatever. Their aim is to transfer other people’s wealth, not their own.

    • BR

      It is other people’s wealth.


  • Lion_ess

    Was this photo taken after her audition for The Hobbit?

    • Rodger T

      Before. She didn`t need to get into character.

  • Phil

    Everyone has a right to be ugly, but she abuses the privilege.

  • Anonymouse Coward

    Whoever gave the styling advice to Meteria needs to be taken out the back of the wood shed and thumped.

    They have tried to make her into something that does reflect her personality, a corporate woman.

    Meteria ditch your adviser, see if you can find one that can do stylish hippie.

    • Anonymouse Coward

      Further to the above.

      Paula Bennett wears some out-there stuff but people accept it because it reflects her personality.

    • Rodger T

      “stylish hippie.” Now there`s an oxymoron.

  • Patrick

    The reality is these green commies would love to be successful in the corporate or business world. Their inadequacies drive them to become capitalist hating hippies. Just look at the state of most of them. Turei can see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, she believes after the next election that she can be someone important. Therefore she is quite prepared to sell out her so called beliefs to achieve that. You saw the same sort of behaviour from the Independants in Australia when Gillard formed the last government & definitely in the Liberal Party in the UK when they formed a coalition government with the Conservatives. You wouldn’t find a better example of politicians selling out their so called principles than what Nick Clegg has done.

  • Gazzaw

    Turei is starting the necessary transformation well in time for her role as Minister for the Environment in the next government. She does not want to look out of place when travelling first class with her entourage to the numerous international environmental conferences that are invariably held in the fashion capitals of the world.

  • cows4me

    Perhaps Turei’s new look is a deliberate attempt by the Melons to look like they have more then two brain cells to rub together and a vote for them will have us all in fine treads. I’ve noticed the Melons have reworked their image in the last few years to present a more professional team. I doubt if any but the truly delusional have been fooled.

  • williamabong

    This thing fell from the ugly tree and smacked every branch on the way down.

  • Andy

    Will she be turning the lights off for Earth Hour tonight?

  • Mediaan

    Man or woman in a senior role dresses more up-market. Way to go!!!

    Ruth Dyson please take note.

    However. A fashion comment. The blue is a good colour, and the two jackets mentioned are neat and smart, but they do not look good enough to lift her. And, as said earlier, the brown one is unfortunately a NZ historic cricket uniform look-alike.

    Further, she has produced only two, which means it’s a bit Cox and Box, meaning if one isn’t there the other one is bound to be. (Refers to a Gilbert and Sullivan opera).

    • Mediaan

      One more thing. She should go to an ordinary NZ born dressmaker and commission a couple of simple scoop-neck shift dresses, one beige to match the colour of the lighter part of the two-tone jacket, and the other in a dark shade that flatters her skin to lie underneath the blue Chanel style jacket. And dump all the bone carvings and things that wobble near the head.

      Wear a dead-simple straight dress in the absolutely right colour, underneath the jacket. Cut out the ethnic bling.

      Then I think we will see her getting her money’s worth from the (allegedly) Winkelmann jackets.