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Dame Sukhinder "Sukhi" Kaur Gill Turner DNZM born Sukhinder Kaur Gill, 13 April 1952 was the Mayor of Dunedin, New Zealand, from 1995 until her retirement from the position in 2004 She was also regarded by some as New Zealand's most prominent politician from the country's Indian community
- 1 Early life
- 2 Political career
- 3 Life after politics
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Turner was born in Ludhiana, the largest city in the Indian state of Punjab, to Squadron Leader Jasbir Singh Gill and Premjit Kaur on 13 April 195212 Her birth name was Sukhinder Kaur Gill She is a Sikh She attended Bethany College, West Virginia, in the United States, gaining qualifications in history and political science She moved to New Zealand after marrying Glenn Turner, a prominent New Zealand cricket player, in July 1973, and became a naturalised New Zealander in August 19732 Sukhi and Glenn Turner settled in Dunedin in 1982 They have two children3
Turner took part in a wide range of community work, focusing particularly on education She took an active role in school committees and associations, and in 1992, successfully stood for election to the Dunedin City Council After a three-year term on the Council, Turner chose to contest the mayoralty, challenging long-serving incumbent Richard Walls She was successful, and was subsequently re-elected twice Turner announced that she would retire from the position in October 2004, when her third term expired She was replaced by Peter Chin She is a member of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand
Life after politicsedit
In the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours Turner was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local government4 Following the reinstatement of titular honours by the New Zealand government in 2009, she accepted redesignation as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit5
In early 2004, Turner was among the recipients of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, an award given by the Indian government to honour those who have made a significant contribution to Indian immigrant communities in other countries
- ^ Singh, Teena 2 December 2001 "Ludhiana girl’s hat-trick as mayor in New Zealand" The Tribune, Chandigarh Retrieved 10 January 2013
- ^ a b "New Zealand, naturalisations" Ancestrycom Operations 2010 Retrieved 10 November 2016 Subscription required help
- ^ Kumar, Rajesh "Bowling 'em over" India Empire Retrieved 1 February 2017
- ^ "The Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours 2002" 5 June 2002 57 New Zealand Gazette 1553
- ^ Special Honours List 12 August 2009 118 New Zealand Gazette 2691
- Official profile
- News report after Turner was re-elected for a third term
- Reasons for award of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
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