October 29, 2018
Family ties recalled as Ohia takes party role
The Māori Party has elected former Te Wānanga o Aotearoa chief executive Bentham Ohia as its vice-president (tāne).
He fills the vacancy created by Te Ururoa Flavell, who quit in August to head up the wānanga.
Mr Ohia is the lead lecturer in the University of Canterbury’s Masters in Māori and Indigenous Leadership programme, and also heads Advancement of Māori Opportunity, a leadership development programme affiliated to Americans for Indian Opportunity.
He is the son of Monte Ohia, who was the party’s candidate for te Tai Tonga when he died in 2009.
Māori Party president Che Wilson says Mr Ohia is a long-time supporter of the party with a strong reputation of service to Māori communities.
He also has a long-term outlook that will be helpful as the party looks to finalise its rebuild strategy.
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