Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has appointed Te Ururoa Flavell as its new CEO.

The former politician replaces Dr Jim Mather who is stepping down after five years at the helm.

In a press release, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa chair Vanessa Eparaima said she is ‘delighted’ with Flavell’s appointment.

“Te Ururoa has a strong background in Māori education as a leader in Māori language revitalisation and in leading Māori development.

“He is widely respected across Māoridom and the political spectrum and has knowledge of government from his time as a Minister as well as extensive networks in Wellington and across communities throughout Aotearoa.

“Te Ururoa has a strong track record for his leadership and advocacy for Māori especially in education,” said Mrs Eparaima.

Flavell steps into his new role on August 20.

Our reporter Hania Douglas spoke with Te Ururoa Flavell today and we’ll have more from him on Te Karere at 4pm, TVNZ 1.