Turia’s successor named

Tariana Turia is on the long wind down from her political career. The Maori party today named her successor.

The Wanganui Chronicle reports:

Political strategist Chris McKenzie has been named as the Maori Party’s candidate for the Te Tai Hauauru electorate.

He has been selected this weekend as the person to replace party co-leader Tariana Turia who is stepping down as MP at next year’s general election.?

Mr McKenzie, 44, is a political strategist with a senior management, small business governance and iwi leadership background.

A father of four, he and his wife Mal moved to Tawa from his home town of Tokoroa.

Previous roles have included being the lead Treaty settlement negotiator for Ngati Raukawa, a self-employed consultant, education manager at Raukawa Trust Board and teacher at Tokoroa High School.

He is a member of the Te Ohu Kaimoana electoral college, former chairman of the Raukawa Settlement Trust and just recently gained a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

I’m not sure the Maori party will hold Te Tai Hauauru without Turia…we will find out inside the next year.

If the change is successful and the Maori party can retain the other seats it has then it may have a future…I suspect they won’t however.