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Tukoroirangi Morgan elected as Maori Party president

Tukoroirangi Morgan has been elected president of the Maori Party. Photo / Dean Purcell
Tukoroirangi Morgan has been elected president of the Maori Party. Photo / Dean Purcell

Leading Waikato-Tainui figure Tukoroirangi Morgan has been elected president of the Maori Party at the party annual conference in Auckland.

Morgan, a former New Zealand First MP, beat George Ngatai of Auckland for the job.
Incumbent, Naida Glavish, withdrew her nomination.

Morgan has been a member of the party for many years but has been active only in the past year or two.

He is the representative of King Tuheitia on Te Arataura, Waikato-Tainui's executive organisation.

While the Kingitanga itself is apolitical, it has been linked more closely with Labour through association. Labour's longest serving MP, Nanaia Mahuta, is a niece of the late Queen Dame
Te Atairangikaahu and a cousin of King Tuheitia.

The AGM was held at Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae, near Auckland Airport.

- NZ Herald

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