Hawkes Bay Mosque Maori Muslims make headlines

There is something unsettling about the Hawkes Bay mosque. Perhaps the water out that way is the reason why two of its Maori converts so far have made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Remember this guy?

via Hawkes Bay Today

He is a Maori convert to Islam who made headlines for calling for the…

 “souljahs of Allah” to make their way to Hastings and join him in forming the “Islamic State of Aotearoa”.

Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga, of Hastings, who heads the Aotearoa Maori Muslim Association, said in a Facebook post yesterday he had changed the organisation’s name to the Islamic State of Aotearoa.

– Harrison Christian, Hawkes Bay Today

The Hawkes Bay region’s sole mosque is the Hawke’s Bay Baitul Mokarram Masjid and Islamic Centre Trust and someone from the mosque told the paper that they felt that Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga had

gone mad” and that his views did not reflect those of the wider Muslim community.

Despite the Hawkes Bay Muslim community claiming disapproval of their Maori Muslim brother and his views,  Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga, was identified by Wikipedia as…

among the top 500 most influential Muslims.[6][7] They point out that Islam with its strict rules and self-discipline is a positive force in Māori development.[8]


Clearly being “mad” and not having views that reflect the wider Muslim community is no barrier to becoming one of the most influential Muslims in the world!

Another Maori Muslim member of the Hawke’s Bay Baitul Mokarram Masjid and Islamic Centre Trust to make the headlines is Kiimatangiroa Junior Samuel who has been jailed for his  unique style of child abuse that he blamed on his “culture.”

A father who became upset at his 5-year-old son’s behaviour during prayer time made the boy get a hammer and kneel on a sheet so he could be executed.

The offending by Hastings man Kiimatangiroa Junior Samuel, 41, was described by Judge Max Courtney as “the cruellest set of facts I have ever come across”.

Before making his weeping son kneel and close his eyes, Samuel told his other children, aged 7, 9 and 10, to fetch sheets as he didn’t want blood to get on the floor.

He then told his children not to watch and “look away so you don’t see all the blood”.

The incident, which ended with Samuel laughing at his terrified son, occurred in his Hastings house on February 26, after he and his children had returned from prayers at the Hastings mosque.


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