Native affairs - Naida Glavish

By Mihingarangi Forbes

After months of internal wrangling, Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell has finally assumed the mantle of co-leader from Dr Pita Sharples.

Sharples stood down earlier this month amid criticism the on-going leadership debacle had led to his party's poor showing in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election and there were more changes at the top, it’s ‘Kia ora’ to Naida Glavish and ‘Ka kite’ to Pem Bird.

Bird steps down from his role as party president to focus on tribal issues, while Flavell ran unopposed.

Glavish had to stave off a challenge from former National Party candidate and Destiny Church devotee, George Ngatai, to become the first woman to be elected as president of the Māori Party.