A Māori was confirmed in a key leadership position in parliament yesterday.

Fletcher Tabuteau is the new deputy leader of coalition government partner, New Zealand First.

Tabuteau worked in tourism, business and education before entering parliament in 2014.

The Ngāti Ngāraranui, Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Ngāti Whakaue descendant says he is passionate about sustainable economic development.

"I stood to stand up for the future of the party to say that we've got a way forward. What I feel the results show today is that I have the confidence of my caucus colleagues. I'm really proud of that. I'm quite humbled by it. That's really what we're about right now."

The list MP is the under-secretary for regional economic development and foreign affairs.