What's former Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell doing now he's left politics?

Former Maori Party politician Te Ururoa Flavell was welcomed to Waikato University as their new professorial.

His part-time role is Professorial Teaching Fellow.

He will be tutoring students in his relevant areas of expertise politics and Maori business.

As the Maori Party co-leader arrived to give his speech, supporters broke out in a haka. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Flavell was ousted from Parliament in last year's election after Labour candidate Tamati Coffey won the Waiariki seat.

Te Ururoa is a former student of Waikato University where he also completed his thesis for his post-graduate degree.

First time candidate Tamati Coffey has won the electorate of Waiariki for Labour, beating out Te Ururoa Flavell. Source: 1 NEWS

"My role is as a liaison officer and so I help build relationships between people of all backgrounds," Mr Flavell told TVNZ1's Te Karere.

"So that's my skill set in a nutshell, and I hope that I can be effective in a consultancy role when it comes to governance issues within companies, businesses and groups moving forward into the future."

"He has skills that can help non-Māori departments here on campus with engaging with Māori culture," says Associate Professor Tom Roa.

It's been two months since the Maori Party lost its place in Parliament, a time of reflection for leader Mr Flavell. Source: Seven Sharp