Hone Harawira

“My people” and the politics of exclusion – Hide

Dusting off his megaphone, Hone Harawira echoed what has become commonplace for Maori MPs speaking of “Our People” as in, “the rights of Our People are important” and “We must always be guided by [creating a strong, Maori sovereign point of view within Parliament] because that’s what Our People want.”

When referring only to themselves, MPs employ the singular and speak of “My People”.

For example, when in hot water, Harawira declared, “I answer to My People, not to them or to anybody else.”

Bill English would be toast if he deployed the same affectation and spoke of “My People”. The reaction would be short and sharp. We would not tolerate it.

His colleagues would assume he had lost the plot and dump him.

English is prime minister, not some ancient king with royal rights over us.

And nor is Harawira. “His People” don’t belong to him.

Indeed, “His People” voted him out. And when he was an MP, the voters weren’t “His People” but rather he was privileged to be their representative. He was their servant, not the other way around.

Be that as it may, his people weren’t happy he had shacked up with a mischievous rich German who was trying to pretend he’d hang out with your average Maori from up north, because he understood their struggles against the government.  Hone’s mistake was that he laid bare his naked self-interest and it had nothing to do with “His people”.   Read more »

Maori/Mana deal reduces options for English

Bill English is on record as saying he preferred a deal with the Maori party ahead of Winston Peters.

Now with a kiss and make-up deal between the Maori and Mana parties that hope is somewhat distant now.

The Maori Party and the Mana Party are about to sign an agreement that’s expected to involve electorate deals designed to enhance their chances of winning seats.

Neither party will talk about the agreement ahead of the signing today in Whangarei.

Peace moves between the two parties have been going on since July last year when Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan approached Mana’s leader Hone Harawira.

At the time, Maori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox ruled out an alliance but said they were “open to a more cohesive relationship”.   Read more »

Hone Harawira reminds Bill English to know his place

“The Prime Minister should always attend Treaty commemorations at Waitangi, and just like in 1840, that means accepting the good with the bad” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira.

“The Treaty of Waitangi is called that for the simple reason that it was signed at Waitangi, on the 6th of February 1840”

“The Treaty is known as the ‘cornerstone of our constitution’ and Waitangi is called the ‘birthplace of the nation’ for very good reason. Waitangi is where the chiefs gathered to discuss the Treaty, to hear the arguments of others and eventually to sign the document we now know as the Treaty of Waitangi, on 6 Feb 1840” Read more »

Will Tuku shaft Winston again?

As we covered earlier it appears that the Maori and Mana parties are attempting a reconciliation.

It does raise a question, though. Will Tuku shaft Winston again?

Tuku Morgan of underpants fame shafted Winston Peters in the 1999’s. He now might do it again by taking Maori seats off Labour and providing National a coalition partner other than NZ First.

Radio NZ reports:   Read more »

Duff on Hone II – the Return of Hone

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.

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Call for Mr Harawira, it’s Darryl Kerrigan on line one

Hone Harawira is going to try a comeback in Te Tai Tokerau.

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 »

A year in, what has Kelvin Davis done for Northland?

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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 »

New Zealanders live in an “incredibly benign strategic environment”?

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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 Harawira gets Obama’s attention and doesn’t ask for Dotcom to go free

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 »

Eating kereru ‘appropriate…’ – Hone Harawira

via ODT

via ODT

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 »