Flavell elected co-leader

July 13th, 2013 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

has been elected co-leader of the , replacing long time leader Pita Sharples.

No-one voted against Flavell in a vote at the Maori Party’s annual conference in Whakatane today.

An MP for Waiariki since 2005, Flavell was the only person nominiated in the vote, which took place at the annual conference in Whakatane today.

An emotional Flavell fought back tears as he thanked about 300 party members for electing him.

“I want you to know that i am up for this…I will give it my all.”

Flavell had been engaged in a long running powers struggle with Sharples, who announced earlier this month that he would stand down as party co-leader at this weekend’s conference.

Naida Glavish has also been elected president of the party, replacing Pem Bird, who announced recently that he would not stand for re-election.

An advisor to the Auckland and Waitemata district health boards and the New Zealand Police, she is a former commissioner of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. She is chair of Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua.

Glavish earned fame as the “kia ora lady” when in 1984 working as a phone operator at New Zealand Post she was demoted for answering the phone with the now widely used phrase. After controvercy she was returned to the role and allowed to continue to answer the phone with kia ora.

Congrats to Flavell and Glavish. Now the leadership issue has been settled, they have a foundation they can build on. Their party vote support remains at three times the level of Mana. I don’t think there is any prospect they won’t be back in after the next election. The question is how many seats will they have. They could even gain a list seat if they lose an electorate seat.

6 Responses to “Flavell elected co-leader”

  1. Colville (3,123 comments) says:

    I hope they flourish, because the alternatives are far far worse.

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  2. Manolo (22,048 comments) says:

    Shuffling the chairs on Titanic’s deck.
    The sooner this racist abomination disappears, the better for NZ.

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  3. Pete George (24,828 comments) says:

    Good to see this sorted.

    Many are writing the Maori Party off, but it’s far too soon to do that, as it has been with a number of other parties in recent history.

    Opponents try to will the demise of parties but there’s a lot more at play than the wishful thinking of people who have nothing to do with the parties.

    Here’s one of the prime suspects, a Mana Party employee who thinks the Maori Party is going to die and the poor will rise in a glorious socialist revolution.

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  4. Graeme2 (107 comments) says:

    “Maori are the ultimate innovators and should be the driving force behind geothermal energy in New Zealand says Dr Pita Sharples.
    The Maori Party co-leader said New Zealand’s tipuna (ancestors) were the ultimate scientists when they carried out the “greatest ocean migration in the history of the human race”.

    So I guess Pita will be fine once he finishes in Parliament, he can go off and be an ultimate scientist!

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  5. Anthony (880 comments) says:

    Act has been written off by know-all commentators virtually every year since it started so I wouldn’t write off the Maori party just yet.

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  6. Redbaiter (11,656 comments) says:

    Speaking in Maori only at the first reading of the Ngati Mutunga Treaty Settlement Bill in 2006, Flavell referred to the crown as thieves. He said that the thieves who had stolen the land had not returned its full value to the iwi and despite it being a legal full and final settlement invited the tribe to return to Parliament in the future to see if the loaf had got bigger. The tribe was returned $14.9 million and 10 areas of significant land to their 2000 members in addition to the various historical payments and the previous return of 24,000 acres.


    Does our parliament need a complete clean out or what??

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