The Maori Party's new president Naida Glavish is praising the indigenous party for being the only one participating in a government in the world.
Delegates at the party's annual hui gave Ngati Whatua chair Ms Glavish the nod to replace Pem Bird, ahead of the co-chair of the party's Tamaki Makaurau electorate, George Ngatai.
She says the focus is to touch base with the electorate and work on growing the party's support.
She also congratulated the party for being the only indigenous political party in a government and says she will work hard to enhance that.
Ms Glavish hit the headlines in 1984 when working as a telephone operator she was fired for answering the phone with 'Kia Ora' she was later reinstated after successfully fighting the dismissal.