Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei refuses to resign despite escalating criticism for electoral and welfare fraud

Metiria Turei has vowed to push on as Green Party co-leader leading into September’s general election, despite growing calls for her resignation by political rivals.

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The Green Party co-leader's move comes after she admitted breaking electoral law in 1993. Source: 1 NEWS

Turei has however said she would not be seeking a ministerial position in a potential Labour-Green coalition Government.

The Labour leader said if she was Prime Minister it wouldn’t have been right for Ms Turei to be in the Cabinet. Source: 1 NEWS

Holding a media press conference today, it had been speculated that Turei would resign amid increasing pressure following admissions of her past electoral and welfare fraud.

"I will not be resigning as co-leader of the Green Party, or as a member of parliament for the Green Party," Turei said at the press conference.

Metiria Turei has announced she won't be stepping down as co-leader but won’t be seeking a ministerial position following criticism for electoral and welfare fraud. Source: 1 NEWS

"What I do want to announce today is that I will not be seeking a ministerial position in a new Labour/Green Government."

Turei said she is “very proud” of the conversation she has sparked by her recent frank media discussions.

"The whole point of telling my story was to open the conversation about poverty and benefits in New Zealand," Turei said.

The Green Party co-leader said she is “very proud” of the conversation she has sparked. Source: 1 NEWS

The Green Party co-leader said one of her flatmates was her mother. Source: 1 NEWS

"I opened myself to this [scrutiny] because I wanted people to understand what it's like to be a beneficiary in this country.

Turei said the Labour Party did express concerns about her recent controversial admissions, but didn't ask her to stand aside.

"I have had a huge number of emails and messages just in the last 24 hours of people saying please don't go, because we need someone to speak for us on these issue's."

Earlier today, Act Party leader David Seymour called for Turei to resign in no uncertain terms, saying "she's just taking the piss".

ACT leader David Seymour has renewed calls for MP Turei to resign saying she’s always considered herself special and above the law. Source: Breakfast

"When she's challenged on one set of law breaking she thinks it's perfectly OK just to say 'oh no, no, I was just breaking some other law'. That's why she's got to resign," Seymour said.   

The latest electoral fraud revelation from Ms Turei come as she's investigated for self-confessed welfare fraud in the 1990s when she was a solo mum.

The WINZ investigation was sparked after Turei publicly told authorities she was living alone despite subletting some of her rooms to flatmates.

Ms Turei says one of the those flatmates was her mother.