Maori Party defers decision on Harawira complaint

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Maori Party MP Hone Harawira has left the disciplinary meeting which has been postponed until next week, mainstream media is reporting.

TangataWhenua.com understands that no resolution was made following the five hour meeting and a second meeting will be held with representatives from Tai Tokerau next week.

Meanwhile NewsTalkZB is reporting that Maori Party co vice president Te Orihi Paul says it was a positive meeting, and the Tai Tokerau electorate committee will now hold a two-day hui this weekend to discuss further issues around Hone Harawira’s behaviour.

Mr Harawira agrees the meeting was positive, but says he doesn’t want to talk any further on the issue and turn it into a media circus. He’s happy for the issue to be referred back to his electorate committee.

The meeting is a consequence of the formal complaint which was laid against Harawira by party whip Te Ururoa Flavell. The complaint was a result of an article which was written by Harawira for the Sunday Star Times lambsting the Maori Party for its close relationship with National.

Hone told the waiting media:

“This is just the beginning of what could be a long journey, so I’m just going to get on with it and if you don’t mind I’m going to get on with it right now,” he said today.

Supporters of Harawira were outside with signs and Maori flags telling him “kia kaha”. One sign read “less John (Key), more Hone (Harawira)”.

The Dominion Post reported that “other Maori Party MPs, including co-leaders Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia, were believed to have arrived at the hotel hours before the meeting began at 3pm. Harawira said he was not concerned about who was at the meeting which will be chaired by the party’s co-vice president Te Orohi Paul.

The formal meeting was cancelled after attempts to resolve the issue at several hui failed. It was expected to go on until late tonight.

“I will be attending the hearing because of my commitment to the kaupapa of the party and not because of any trust in this Pakeha legal process. The fact that kaumatua and kuia have been working tirelessly to bring this back under kaupapa Maori is honourable, and I remain willing to abide by that process.”

Harawira repeated calls for the Maori Party to attack National over the GST increase, the Marine and Coastal Areas Bill and proposed partial asset sales. He also repeated his view that Maori processes should used to decide his dispute with the Maori Party.

“Maori is supposed to be the basis of our party, but it seems that some people will happily ditch the kaupapa for a Pakeha process whenever a problem crops up. Go figure,” Harawira said.

Ma te wa,

3 COMMENTS

  1. You sold out to the National Party.
    The Bill is no different to what the Hikoi marched against in 2004.
    We walk away from this party and especially you Turia with great disgust.
    You sold your soul for a Portfolio.
    Hone Harawira is the man, he echoes the comments we leave him on his page in FB.To say nobody listens to him, well 5,000 on one page and a growing more on another says differently.

  2. I have heard that 8 Iwi are already discussing the possibility of buying the SOE's that ARE going to come up for sale.

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