Maori Party releases statement – Hone Harawira suspended from Caucus

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The Maori Party co-leadership has today suspended Hone Harawira from the parliamentary caucus.

Mr Harawira has failed to show the restraint and discipline expected of a caucus member and the Caucus now has no faith or confidence in him. The suspension remains in force until further notice.

The suspension from caucus comes as a result of Mr Harawiras behaviour stretching back over the past five years.

It is really unfortunate in the political environment when conflict arises such as we have experienced. In the past we have attempted to follow a kaupapa and tikanga process to no avail. It is for that reason that we looked to the constitution, that Hone helped to shape, to assist us.

Having no regard for the constitution is one thing. It is quite another to have no regard for the kaupapa and tikanga of the party, and that is really what has brought us to this point.

Factions within parties are not new. We are, however, the only party that comprises membership from one end of the spectrum to the other, and that is why we have relied on our tikanga and kaupapa, the foundation principles of the Maori world, as a guide to our behaviour.

Kaupapa Maori place a high value on unity and working together as a collective. We must ensure that members agree to work together, treat each other with respect and act with integrity in their party work (manaakitanga).

Differences of opinion are fine, but they should be addressed within the group.

We have always respected the right, and made provision for caucus colleagues to speak out on issues which their constituency presents. We do this, however, always guided by the principle of unity of purpose and direction (kotahitanga).

Ultimately, however, no political movement, divided within itself, can survive.

We have made this decision with heavy hearts. We are especially mindful of the position of Maori Party supporters in Te Tai Tokerau, who will obviously feel loyal to Mr Harawira; but who are also supportive of our kaupapa Maori and the achievements of the Maori Party in Parliament. We want them to know that we have huge respect for the people of Te Tai Tokerau and our commitment to our people remains unwavering.

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E nga iwi o te motu,

He panui tenei mo te Ropu Torangapu Maori.

Ka puta i te wa e tiraha ana tera kuia rongonui o te ao Maori, a Nen Wehi, i te moenga te whakaarahia. Kei tena iwi, kei tena iwi, ona mate o te wa.

No reira e te hunga mate, haere, haere, haere atu koutou.

Kaati, e te hunga ora, kua waiho ma matou e kawe tonu i a ratou take, a ko te Ropu Maori tenei kei roto i te Whare Paremata e kokiri ana, e tukituki ana, e tautohe ana kia tutuki nga tumanako o o tatou matua tipuna.

No reira he pouri te ngakau i tenei whakaputanga korero.

Kua whakatarewatia te noho a Hone Harawira hei mema mo nga huinga topu (caucus meetings) o nga Mema Paremata o te Ropu Maori (ara ko te Caucus).

Ka noho tonu a Hone hei Mema mo te Tai Tokerau, ka noho tonu ia hei mema no te Ropu Torangapu Maori, engari kua kore e whakaaetia kia hui tahi a Hone me matou ko nga Mema o te Ropu Maori.

Ko te take i penei ai, he kore no matou e whakapono, kei te noho tahi tatou ko Hone i runga i te whakaaro kotahi, i runga ano i nga kaupapa o te Ropu Maori, ara, te kotahitanga, te whakawhanaungatanga, te rangatiratanga.

Me ki penei: He mango haehae kupenga tukua kia rere.

I roto i te Whare Paremata nei, he totara wahi rua, he kai na te ahi.

E kore nga tumanako, nga hiahia o te iwi e tutuki, ki te kore matou e noho kotahi.

Heoi ano, he aroha tenei karere, ki a tatou katoa, otira ki nga kaitautoko i roto i te Tai Tokerau. Tera kua rangirua o koutou whakaaro ko te tumanako, ka maia tonu koutou i tenei wa, kia tau te puehu, kia kitea ano te huarahi whakamua.


5 COMMENTS

  1. Although I live in Australia, I am very interested to know what is in the country's best interests by Hone's opinion. At this time in human evoution, we need to know.
    Please excuse my ignorance but it is important to me to know. What were the issues he wanted attention to that obviously others didn't want attended to.

  2. E tika me tere whakahokia te wero i whakatakoto ai a Hone ki nga Pou-herenga a te Torangapu Maori i Waitangi – Na-reira me huri te kei o te waka ki te tinanatanga o te kaupapa matua – me Kokirikitia!!!

    • Bro I need to know whats going on here. I have sent crucially important information from here to the Maori Party. I actually wanted to direct them to Hone.
      Pleases advise asap.

  3. I would vote for a Maori Party with Hone Harawira as Tai Tokerau MP.

    I would vote for a Maori Party without Hone Harawira as Tai Tokerau MP.

    But I wouldn't vote for a Maori Party with Hone Harawira as a leader.

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