Dame Tariana Turia

Dame Tariana Turia (Ngāti Apa, Ngā Wairiki, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Whanganui) is the co-founder and former co-leader of the Maori Party. In 2004 Tariana, then a Labour MP, crossed the floor to vote against the Foreshore and Seabed Bill, and was later successful in getting the Act repealed.