9 Nov 2008

Turia to go just before next election

8:43 pm on 9 November 2008

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says she will retire from politics just before the next election in 2011.

The party won an extra Maori seat in the election, but fell short of securing all seven Maori seats.

Mrs Turia says the party is now focused on what it can achieve in its next three years in Parliament.

But the former Labour Minister says she will step down from the party at the end of this next term, to focus on her family.