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Ludhiana Personality :: Sukhi Turner
Sukhinder (Sukhi) Turner (born 1952) was the Mayor of Dunedin, New Zealand, from 1995 until her retirement from the position in 2004. She was notable as the first Green Party mayor in New Zealand. She was also regarded by some as New Zealand's most prominent politician from the country's Indian community.
Turner was born in Ludhiana, the largest city in the Indian state of Punjab. Her birth name was Sukhinder Kaur Gill. She follows the Sikh religion. She attended university 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. Sukhi and Glenn Turner settled in Dunedin in 1982. They have two children.
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 a long-serving incumbent. 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.
In early 2004, Turner was among the recipients of the Bharatiya Samman Puraskar, an award given by the Indian government to honour those who have made a significant contribution to Indian immigrant communities in other countries.
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