Dr Lance O'Sullivan still plans to "be a part" of the Maori Party, after previously pledging his support and intention to run for the now out-of-government party in 2020.
On TVNZ 1's Breakfast this morning the 2014 New Zealander of the Year said his "role in community leadership and medical leadership is a very political activity".
"I'm deeply supportive of the Maori Party," he said.
"I believe they had an opportunity and demonstrated an opportunity to have outcomes and have an impact, not just on Maori but the wider New Zealand society."
"I think they have a place and I would be keen to be part of that in the future."
The Maori Party failed to gain a single seat at this year's election.