Does the nation want an independent Māori voice in Parliament?

Date Wednesday 18 July 2018
Time 6pm
Where S.1.05
Presenter Honourable Te Ururoa Flavell
Contact Reuben Steff
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

The Waiariki electorate of the New Zealand Parliament was, until the 2017 election, held by the co-leader of the Māori Party, Te Ururoa Flavell. The Māori Party had branded itself as a strong independent Māori voice with influence in government, but in losing the seat, it could be suggested that Māoridom does not want that independent voice anymore.

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 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 the Right Honourable Sir John Key and the Right Honourable Sir Bill English, and the dynamic Māori leadership of Dame Tariana Turia and Sir Pita Sharples.

In his lecture he reflects on his time in Parliament, the experiences, the lessons, the relationships, the loss at the 2017 election, and the imperative that the Māori Party be rebuilt. He will share insights into life away from Parliament and the new governing arrangement, especially as it pertains to a Māori Party influence.

Professorial Fellow, the Honourable Te Ururoa Flavell is a former Minister for Māori Development, Minister for Whanau Ora, Associate Minister for Economic Development and co-leader of the Māori Party. 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 Ngati Rangiwewehi.

Light refreshments will be served from 5.15pm – 6.00pm outside S.1.05.

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