This columnist usually stays away from politicians. But then Hone announced a comeback. Oh dear. Maoridom needs Hone Harawira back in politics like the proverbial hole in the head. He couldn’t get on with the Maori Party, founded the Mana Party, had a bromance with the gifted but flawed German, Kim Dotcom. And when the admirable Kelvin Davis thrashed him in the last election, who does he turn on? Dotcom. But of course others, too.
A man with a hero-complex is not what Maoridom needs. They – our people – do not need someone pandering to our lowest common denominator, telling them their failures are not their fault but the fault of rich white people, greedy capitalists, a stacked system, government, all on the assumption these people are incapable of helping themselves.
Not once have we heard offered a solution to “poor” people’s woes, to “poverty.” He came up with no ideas on creating employment. Nor use of Northland Maori land.
No ideas on instilling an education ethos in the outlook of the very culture of those he claims to be fighting for. His ideas were and still are zilch.
He hasn’t demonstrated by a single gesture that maybe he should take a less hardline stance. Oh, no. Not Hone. He’s the self-described “fighter.” Whoopee, that’s gonna put a lot of Maori into their own homes and give them jobs, lift us up to the educated, aspiring middle class, a scrapper representing us.
Former MP Hone Harawira is getting back into politics and will stand for Māori electorate seat Te Tai Tokerau again in next year’s election, he says.
Mr Harawira lost his seat to Labour’s Kelvin Davis in 2014. His Mana Party which combined with Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party, got just 1.5 percent of the party vote.
He told RNZ’s Mihingarangi Forbes on TV3’s The Hui he was re-entering the political fray because Māori lacked a strong voice in Parliament.
Mr Harawira said many Māori MPs got caught up in party politics, and forgot who they were meant to be representing.
“You’ve gotta have somebody in there who’s a fighter,” he said. Read more »
The Christmas Island detention centre is in a state of chaos after riots broke out, according to Labour’s Kelvin Davis.
Mr Davis, who recently visited the island, says violence broke out after a guard allegedly punched a detainee in the face after being asked about the death of a refugee, days after escaping from the centre. Read more »
A New Zealand man has been named on an Islamic State (IS) “kill list”, leaked by hackers overnight.
The group, who call themselves the Islamic State Hacking Division, released personal information of hundreds of members of the military and government – mostly from the United States.
The information says the man in question lives in Auckland, but his father says that is incorrect.
He says his son currently lives overseas and was shocked to see his name on the list.
“Yes I am [worried]… more so for the fact that he’s got absolutely no connection to the military.” Read more »
Hone is still looking for relevance, but blows his chance to help his mate Dotcom out by begging for a free trade agreement to be scrapped.
I guess he’s still sore about missing out on the big bonus he was promised if he got the Internet Party into parliament.
In characteristically casual fashion, Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has written an open letter to the President of the United States asking him to drop a major global trade deal.
It starts: “Hey hey, mah bruddah”.
In the statement, Mr Harawira asks Barack Obama to reconsider endorsing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement because of fears from Maori it will mean making claims under the Treaty of Waitangi impossible.
“Maori aren’t even allowed to look at the TPPA before it gets signed off, and from what we hear it’ll compromise our sovereignty as Maori and as New Zealanders,” it reads.
“And we hear this TPPA will take priority over our Treaty, and that we will be denied the rights guaranteed to us by the Treaty and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. And that sucks!”
Mr Harawira briefly describes the treaty for Mr Obama and says Maori have been struggling to reclaim their land and rights for 175 years and the deal would only make that harder.
“So how about givin’ us a break?” he asks. Read more »
Now he would say that. He’s the epitome of one law for all, and one law for Maori.
The leader of the Mana Movement Hone Harawira says it is appropriate for kereru to be eaten on special occasions.
The native pigeon was served at an iwi leaders’ hui on an Ohakune marae in 2013 and Government ministers were among the guests. Read more »
Another delightful little insight from Colmar Brunton is what the public think of “leading” political figures as Prime Minister. Read more »
Hone Harawira’s “feed the kids” bill has been defeated in parliament.
The Mana Movement leader introduced it before last year’s election, campaigned on it, and then lost his seat.
It would have lapsed if Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei hadn’t picked it up.
The bill would have provided government-funded breakfasts and lunches in all decile one and two schools.
It gained strong support from opposition parties and child welfare advocates, but the government never accepted it.
“We would be providing meals that are provided by the vast bulk of parents and caregivers already,” Prime Minister John Key said when the bill first came to parliament.
“We should expect parents to feed their children properly and the vast majority of them do.” Read more »
Kim Dotcom’s failed Internet Party has been dealt another humiliating blow.
Final election returns reveal $3.5 million was given to the Internet Party by Dotcom. It ended up getting 34,094 votes – that means Dotcom spent $102 per vote.
The election returns reveal the party’s explosive press secretary Pam Corkery was paid $15,000 for her 15 weeks’ work – that’s $1000 a week.
Party Leader Laila Harre was paid $66,000 – more than $4000 a week.
The party spent more than $1 million on election related advertising, including $122,000 for a YouTube parody of Prime Minister John Key and US President Barack Obama. It also spent $21,000 on T-shirts. Read more »