Waititi to replace Tamihere as co-leader

Rawiri Waititi is set to become the new co-leader of the Māori Party. Photo: RNZ / Te Aniwa Hurihanganui

The Māori Party has confirmed Rawiri Waititi as its new co-leader, pending special votes confirming his win in the Waiariki electorate seat.

Waititi edged out the Labour Party MP Tamati Coffey in the Bay of Plenty-based seat, in something of an election upset.

The Māori Party confirmed the move at its Special General Meeting last night.

Waititi replaces John Tamihere as the party's co-leader, joining Debbie Ngarewa-Packer.

Ngarewa-Packer thanked Tamihere for his service, and says she's looking forward to working with Waititi.


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