Tukoroirangi “underpants” Morgan president of Maori party

Leading Waikato-Tainui figure Tukoroirangi Morgan has been elected president of the Maori Party at the party annual conference in Auckland.

Morgan, a former New Zealand First MP, beat George Ngatai of Auckland for the job.
Incumbent, Naida Glavish, withdrew her nomination.

Morgan has been a member of the party for many years but has been active only in the past year or two.

He is the representative of King Tuheitia on Te Arataura, Waikato-Tainui’s executive organisation.

While the Kingitanga itself is apolitical, it has been linked more closely with Labour through association. Labour’s longest serving MP, Nanaia Mahuta, is a niece of the late Queen Dame
Te Atairangikaahu and a cousin of King Tuheitia.

As an “advisor” to the King, Morgan has wielded lots of power.

His relationship with the people of Tanui hasn’t been that smooth in the past, but he’s held on to power by looking after the right people.

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Pundits are confident that the Maori party will not make it back into parliament.  That will be another one that Morgan can chalk up to his leadership.

 

– NZ Herald and others


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