Te Ururoa Flavell (Ngapuhi and Ngati Rangiwewehi) entered Parliament in 2005 when he won the Māori seat of Waiariki for the Maori Party.
He became the party's co-leader in late 2011 after he challenged Pita Sharples for the position.
He is also the party's chief whip, Deputy Chair of the Māori Affairs Select Committee, Member of the Parliamentary Business Committee and Member of the Parliamentary Standing Orders Select Committee.
He has a Bachelor of Māori Studies and Anthropology from the University of Auckland and a Master of Arts in Māori from Waikato University.
Before entering Parliament he was a teacher at both secondary and tertiary level, and was also a school principal for a time as well.