February 19, 2018
Maori Party ready to listen
The new leadership of the Maori Party wants to get on the road to hear where members want it to head.
The party's annual meeting at Rotorua over the weekend opted for generational change, with 41-year-old Che Wilson of Ngati Rangi elected unopposed as president and 35-year-old Kaapua Smith vice president wahine.
Te Ururoa Flavell, who remains as co-leader until the executive convenes an election, was unopposed to become vice-president Tane.
Mr Wilson says he was buoyed by the excitement and support generated by the hui.
He says the kaupapa now is titiro, to reflect, whakarongo, to listen, and hapaitia, to evolve.
"It's about going out to the people through a road show and listening and connecting to them. Our biggest challenge is the people said they could not connect to our messages so we need to go back out and listen and more importantly, action following that listening," Mr Wilson says.
The Maori Party needs to form alliances with all parties and not just think it needs to deal with the two biggest parties.
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