Te Ururoa Flavell

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The Honourable
Te Ururoa Flavell
Te Ururoa Flavell, 2012.jpg
Te Ururoa Flavell in 2012
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Waiariki
Assumed office
17 September 2005
Preceded by Mita Ririnui
Majority 6,812 (65.80%)
Co-leader of the Māori Party
Assumed office
Co-leader with Marama Fox
Preceded by Pita Sharples
Personal details
Born (1955-12-07) 7 December 1955 (age 59)
Nationality New Zealand
Political party Māori Party

Te Ururoa James William Ben Flavell[1] (born 7 December 1955), also known as Hemi Flavell,[2] is a New Zealand politician who has been a co-leader of the Māori Party since 2013[3] and has represented the Waiariki electorate for the party in Parliament since 2005.[4]


Flavell, born in Tokoroa, has affiliations to the Ngapuhi, Ngati Rangiwewehi, and Te Arawa iwi. He trained as a teacher, and taught at the secondary and tertiary level for many years. He later held a number of roles in the education sector, including school principal, and then worked as a consultant to various government agencies.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th Waiariki 10 Māori
2008–2011 49th Waiariki 4 Māori
2011–2014 50th Waiariki 9 Māori
2014–present 51st Waiariki 1 Māori

In the 2005 general election, Flavell stood as a candidate for the Māori Party in the Waiariki electorate and as 10th on the party list. He won the election against the incumbent, Mita Ririnui, and entered Parliament.[5]

The Waiariki electorate was contested by two contenders in the 2008 election: the incumbent and Ririnui. Flavell was once again confirmed.[6]

The Waiariki electorate was contested by three contenders in the 2011 election: Flavell, Annette Sykes of the Mana Party and Louis Te Kani of the Labour Party. Flavell was returned to Parliament for the third successive time.[7]

In the 48th New Zealand Parliament, his primary Māori Party portfolios were Education and Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations. He also held a number of minor portfolios including Tourism, Local Government, Internal Affairs, Sport and Recreation, Land Information and Education Review Office. He was a member and Deputy Chairperson of the Education and Science Select Committee as well as being a current member on the Business Select Committee, Whips Select Committee and Standing Orders Committee.

In July 2007 Flavell's Public Works (Offer Back of and Compensation for Acquired Land) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot.[8] It passed its first reading and was sent to select committee in early 2009, but was defeated at its second reading in July 2010.[9]

In May 2010 Flavell's Local Electoral (Māori Representation) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot.[10] It was defeated at its first reading in June.[11]

In September 2010 his Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot.[10] It is currently waiting for its first reading.

With the resignation as party co-leader of Pita Sharples in July 2013, Flavell was elected as co-leader of the Māori Party.[3]

Attitude towards Treaty settlement[edit]

Speaking in Maori only at the first reading of the Ngāti Mutunga Treaty Settlement Bill in 2006, Flavell referred to the crown as thieves. He said that the thieves who had stolen the land had not returned its full value to the iwi and despite it being a legal full and final settlement invited the tribe to return to Parliament in the future to see if the loaf had got bigger. The tribe was returned $14.9 million and 10 areas of significant land to their 2000 members in addition to the various historical payments and the previous return of 24,000 acres.[12]


  1. ^ "New Zealand Hansard - Members Sworn Volume:651;Page:2". Parliament of New Zealand. 
  2. ^ "University studies without leaving home". witt.ac.nz. 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Te Ururoa Flavell named Maori Party co-leader". TVNZ.co.nz. ONE News. 13 July 2013. Archived from the original on 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014. Te Ururoa Flavell has been elected as the co-leader for the Maori Party, while Naida Glavish has been named as the Maori Party president. 
  4. ^ "Te Ururoa Flavell: Member for Waiariki, Maori Party". Parliament of New Zealand. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Official Count Results -- Waiariki". Chief Electoral Office, Wellington. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Official Count Results -- Waiariki". Chief Electoral Office, Wellington. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Election Results -- Waiariki". Chief Electoral Office, Wellington. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Public Works (Offer Back of and Compensation for Acquired Land) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  9. ^ "Maori land bill fails to advance". TVNZ. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  10. ^ a b "Local Electoral (Māori Representation) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  11. ^ "Maori seats on councils bill defeated in Parliament". Three News. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  12. ^ "Ngāti Mutunga Claims Settlement Bill: First Reading: 27 Jul 2006". theyworkforyou.co.nz. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Mita Ririnui
Member of Parliament for Waiariki
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Pita Sharples
Co-leader of the Māori Party