Flavell a minister under National agreement with Maori Party

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell will be a minister in John Key's Cabinet under a confidence and supply agreement announced today.

Te Ururoa Flavell Source: Te Karere

The Prime Minister announced the Relationship Accord and confidence and supply agreement with Maori Party co-leaders Mr Flavell and Tariana Turia.

The agreement gives the National-led Government confidence and supply support throughout this term, Mr Key said.

Mr Flavell will be appointed Minister for Maori Development, Minister for Whanau Ora, and Associate Minister for Economic Development.

In addition, National has agreed to work with the Maori Party on a range of priority policy areas including Whanau Ora, the Ministerial Committee on Poverty, and Maori economic and regional development, Mr Key said.

"I look forward to working with Maori Party Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell and building on the successful relationship the National Party and the Maori Party have shared over the past six years," Mr Key said in welcoming the agreement.

"The Maori Party has brought an important dimension to this Government over the past six years," he said.

"It is one of the reasons why we have a positive and forward-looking relationship between iwi and the Crown. I have no doubt that New Zealand is a better country because of it."