An independent Māori voice in Parliament: Hon Te Ururoa Flavell

6 July 2018

The Waiariki electorate was, until the 2017 election, held by Te Ururoa. In his talk he’ll discuss how the Māori Party had branded itself as a strong independent Māori voice with influence in government when campaigning, but in losing the seat and its hold in Parliament, it could be suggested that Māoridom does not want that independent voice anymore.

Te Ururoa will reflect on his time in Parliament, the lessons he learnt, the loss at the 2017 election, and the imperative that the Māori Party be rebuilt. He will share his insights into life away from Parliament and the new governing arrangement – especially as it pertains to a Māori Party influence.

About the speaker

During his 12 years as an MP, Te Ururoa experienced all aspects of parliamentary life as a backbencher, in opposition, as a partner to the government of the day, and as co-leader of a political movement and finally as a Minister of the Crown. He has seen the rise of the Māori Party, experienced the highs and lows of political life with influential political figures of our time, including prime ministers Sir John Key and Sir Bill English, and the dynamic Māori leadership of Dame Tariana Turia and Sir Pita Sharples.

Professorial Fellow, the Honourable Te Ururoa Flavell is a former Minister for Māori Development, Minister for Whanau Ora, Associate Minister for Economic Development. Prior to entering Parliament, he enjoyed an extensive career in the education sector holding leadership positions at all levels. He has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Waikato, having written his thesis about his marae, setting out the history of his people of Ngāti Rangiwewehi.

Event information

The seminar is part of the Political Science and Public Policy Seminar series.

When: Wednesday 18 July
Time: Lecture starts at 6pm
Pre-event drinks and nibbles from 5.15pm in the foyer

Location S.1.05
S Block, First Floor, University of Waikato

Registration is essential for this event.

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