April 15, 2021
Happy times for new Labour Kaunihera Māori head
Full interview with Walter Rurawhe click here
The new chair of Labour’s Kaunihera Māori says close observation of his predecessor and other senior Māori in the party has prepared him for the role.
Walter Rurawhe was elected unopposed at the council’s meeting last weekend.
He’s the brother of Te Tai Hauāuru MP Adrian Rurawhe, and his three sisters are also active in the party.
While he will bring his own style to the job, he learned a lot from the late Rudy Taylor, whose widow Keti nominated him for the job.
"When I reflect on Rudy, how he made people feel – I always felt special when I was around him. There were things Rudy did to pull things together. I'll be inclusive of people, I will talk to our wider whānau in Te Kaunihera Māori and the seven Māori electorates. I'll be happy to be guided by the conversation but I am also happy to take a lead where I have to," Mr Rurawhe says.
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