Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Poroporoaki: Carmen - Hon Tariana Turia

The Hon Tariana Turia
Maori Party Co-Leader | MP for Te Tai Hauauru

15 December 2011

Poroporoaki: Carmen - Hon Tariana Turia

Co-leader of the Maori Party has acknowledged with sadness, the passing of one of New Zealand’s widely celebrated drag queen, Carmen.

“She literally created history when she opened Carmen’s International Coffee Lounge in the late sixties. It quickly became an established part of the Wellington landscape due to the unique character of its founder”.

“Carmen was larger in life in so many respects” said Mrs Turia. “When she walked in the room you always had a very strong sense of her presence”.

“People from all walks of life respected her and appreciated the warmth and the compassion that she would share with them”.

“We knew her as Trevor Rupe from Taumarunui; we knew her as a loved member of the gay community, we knew her as an HIV/AIDS activist; and of course the world knew her as a flamboyant, incredible performer on stage”.

“Carmen strode through life with an attitude which told everyone that no-one could make her feel inferior or judge her as less than their equal”.

“Her decision to contest the Wellington mayoralty; her entrepreneurial flair and her determination to speak her mind remain a lasting legacy of her role in our development as a nation”.

“I will never forget my aunt telling me, when Carmen came to Whanganui, that our focus should not be on promoting her as an iconic stripper and transgender celebrity – even though that was very much part of who she was.

My aunt encouraged us instead to focus on celebrating Carmen for all that she was – for all of her unique attributes and the wonderful person that she was”.

“And so today, I am sure I join with many who shed tears for Carmen, the queen, the friend, the whanau member, the legend”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Flyover Over: NZTA Not Appealing Flyover Decision

The NZ Transport Agency has decided not to appeal the High Court’s Basin Bridge decision, and says the High Court’s findings provide valuable clarity to help guide the development of future infrastructure projects throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

Developing Crown Land: Government, Auckland Iwi Reach Agreement

The government has reached agreement with Ngati Whatua and other Auckland iwi over developing 500 hectares of excess land in Auckland for private housing which had been under High Court challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson seems to have been granted an annual licence to embarrass the National Party, and its that time of year again. Also as per usual, Williamson’s recent exercise in sexism and homophobia has passed by with barely a murmur from his leader. More>>

ALSO:

Green Climate Plan: Shaw Launches 40% Emission Cut Target

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has announced an emissions target initiative for 40% reduction by 2030. He said agriculture has to long been used as a reason for inaction, a roadblock to action... He proposed a tax of 8 cents per kilo of milk. More>>

ALSO:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news