June 27, 2021
New chairs for New Zealand Maori Council
The New Zealand Māori Council has elected co-chairs and restructured its executive to include all 16 district chairs.
The council held its annual meeting in Wellington over the weekend after the High Court refused to grant an injunction sought by former executive direction Matthew Tukaki and secretary Raewyn Harrison.
Mr Tukaki lost his position as chair of the Auckland District Māori Council in the triennial election amid a row over the eligibility of some new and revived branches to participate, and former chair Henare Mason also failed to secure a position.
The new co-chairs are George Ngatai from South Auckland, who will be responsible for commercial development, and Archdeacon Harvey Ruru from Blenheim, who will speak on social issues.
The deputy chair is Anne Kendall from Papakura.
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