The Auckland business consultant contesting the Maori Party presidency says it needs a young leader to take it into the future.
Pem Bird announced his resignation this week, following Pita Sharples decision to step down as co-leader.
Mr Bird, who has been president since 2010, will stand down at the party's upcoming AGM.
The director of BDO Marketing, George Ngatai, is the co-chair of the party's Tamaki Makaurau electorate.
He says the people there encouraged him to stand for the presidency, so he can contribute on a national scale.
The chair of Ngati Whatua, and Auckland district health board manager, Naida Glavish, is also in line for the presidency.