Strong Support from Maori Women for Hone Harawira

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Te Whaainga Wahine Maori womens network, express their support of Hone Harawira as an MP who truly represents his constituents voice.

Spokes people for Te Whaainga Wahine Denise Messiter and Irene Kereama-Royal said the complaint and pending action by Maori Party delegates against Harawira is political cowardice, lacks leadership and a contravention of tikanga Maori. Te Whaainga Wahine are aware that Harawira has consistently demonstrated his constituents’ mandate through his actions and articulation of their position on many issues and is based on the original mandate given to the Maori Party to represent and advocate Maori Tino Rangatiratanga over NZ’s foreshore and sea bed. Harawira’s opposition to the proposed Marine and Costal Area Bill is consistent with this mandate.

Kereama-Royal and Messiter say It is obvious to us that the partnership with National is suffocating the Maori party an indication that they have lost perspective, need to stand aside and let those who can retain the mandated perspective of the kaupapa step forward and take the lead from their constituents. In this election year if this is a time for Harawira to consider other options and alliances that would be more honourable than the one he is currently in, it would be a decision that has the full support of Te Whaainga Wahine”.

Te Whainga Wahine is committed to ensuring that Maori womens voices are heard on issues and decisions that impact on whenua, whanau and hapu wellbeing and is calling for more accountability amongst Maori leadership in achieving this.

Media enquires:

Denise Messiter ph 07 868475 or 0276443359 email denise.messiter@xtra.co.nz

Irene-Kereama-Royal email ikereamaroyal@gmail.com

6 COMMENTS

  1. This article and most of the comments below are rubbish. Wake up. We're running a long race here. If we want solutions we should be looking to work together as a team – not to whakaiti each other. On a personal level its not about the issues, its about the way we articulate the issues to make sure that every thought is constructive and building on the foundations of the house, not destroying them.

  2. Kai runga noa atu koutou Waahine maa ! An inevitable outcome when Maori parliamentarians begin to accept…….the White Master's lollie-pops mixed with a healthy dose of good old fashioned Maori harawene. What a potent concoction !Oldest recipe in the book of Divide & Rule. Wake up Maori Party !

  3. Nga mihi ki a korua mo tenei tautoko! I believe the "leadership" have lost that a; important perspective as well… Hone is just telling it as he hears it, sees and lives it!

  4. In my dealings with Hone Harawira, he is an Honorable Human Rights Advocate. He has exhibited superb leadership not only in Aotearoa but also in Te Moana Kiwa. The Iwi in Tai Tokerau has chosen the right person to express their views as well as those in Maoridom. No leila, those in Ku'oko'a(Tinorangitiratanga) O Ka Pae Aina O Hawaii are in full support of Hone and his Whanau. Our ancestors will watch over him in times of controversy as well as the good times. Malama Pono, Ku'e Mau Loa E Hone

  5. In my dealings with Hone Harawira, he is an Honorable Human Rights Advocate. He has exhibited superb leadership not only in Aotearoa but also in Te Moana Kiwa. The Iwi in Tai Tokerau has chosen the right person to express their views as well as those in Maoridom. No leila, those in Ku'oko'a(Tinorangitiratanga) O Ka Pae Aina O Hawaii are in full support of Hone and his Whanau. Our incestors will watch over him in times of controversy as well as the good times. Malama Pono, Ku'e Mau Loa E Hone

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