A Hikoi of Leadership | Marama Davidson

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I wish we didnt have to do this again!

This thought heavied my heart as I joined the hikoi at the bottom of Queen Street last Wednesday. Adding my waewae to this Auckland City leg was my small gesture of tautoko for those of us dissatisfied with the proposed Takutai Moana legislation. As I hit that pavement something stirred within me. I felt myself reaching for the megaphone to release that energy and wairua. Notions of Iwi and Hapu as kaitiaki; responsibility for whenua and moana; valuing our traditions and knowledge for Aotearoa and all its peoples; Indigenous rights emanating from Whakapapa and Atua and not from legislation; Tino Rangatiratanga. These were the kupu that found their inner city outlet that day, birthed by the rumbling within my puku.

That same night at Manurewa marae was about whanaungatanga. Beautiful things happened in the korero. Such an environment of political angst inevitably gives rise to any number of issues. But what will stay with me forever from that night is the leadership and courage shown by everyone on this hikoi. In the face of adversity and even ridicule from our own, our hikoi ropu is courageous, committed, wise, intelligent, strategic, humble and dignified.

From the tamariki who proudly stood to speak in te reo and lead waiata tautoko for our kaikorero, to the kuia who lead the charge up the front and then role model collective nurture of all the babies around us, to our kaiawhina moving our ropu safely from one place to the next, to your young men who when they arent organising and mobilising people are in the kitchen early to cook everyones breakfast, to our kaum?tua who step up and pull us together that night to ensure the hikoi continues with dignity intact.

I came away from feeling both sad and proud, but with the answer to my internal raruraru confirmed. Yes it is absolutely essential that we do this hikoi again! For too long we have had to be satisfied with hearing that this is as good as it will get. It is right that many of us are not willing to accept this. The gains made in Maoridom have always come from a movement that maintained a strong vision of identity and justice. We can look to our pakeke gone before us to affirm how passionate and uncompromising they always were. I am proud of us for keeping our voices loud.

My pragmatic consciousness is sharply aware that this Bill is probably the only choice that the Maori Party could make, given the political reality and direction that they have chosen for themselves. That particular path of pragmatism is what makes this hikoi even more important. When Maori dont feel that there is a voice resolute enough, then we must maintain the karanga some other way.

Whether it was 10 people or 50,000 I stood there with my tupuna firmly behind me and the wairua ever present. If there is any embarrassment here, it is that I failed to commit to the whole nine days.

No reira, kore tenei Pire I tutuki nga tino wawata o oku tupuna. He mihi aroha ki a koutou nga wahine, nga tane, nga mokopuna, nga koro, nga kuia, nga rangatahi, nga taiohi koutou katoa kua mirimiri I te tuara a Papatuanuku!

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Marama Davidson (Ngapuhi/Te Rarawa/Ngati Porou)
021 025 88302

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  1. We object to the Political Party named “The Maori Party” within the New Zealand Government, voting in support of the legislation named “The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutaimoana) Bill.

    This legislation violates and breaches Maori Rights embedded in the treaty named “Te Tiriti O Waitangi” and the Declaration named “He Whakaputanga o nga Rangatira o Niu Tireni”.

    We also object to the Maori Party,s continuation of support to this legislation.

    Therefore,we would like to state Maori Party’s vote of support for the Marine and Coastal Area Bill DOES NOT represent our support or tautoko.

    We request that the Political Party named the Maori Party cease immediately their continuation of support of the “Marine and Coastal Area(Takutaimoana) Bill, as it continues to violate and breach “Te Tiriti O Waitangi”.

    For the asaid reasons given above

    We request that Assent is NOT GIVEN to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutaimoana) Bill by the Governor General of New Zealand.
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/we-object-to-you
    voting-i/

  2. Objection to Maori Party voting in support of Marine and Coastal Bill

    Online Petition to Maori Party and Governor General

    We object to the Political Party with in New Zealand Government named "The Maori Party" voting in support of the legislation named "The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutaimoana) Bill.

    We also object to the Maori Party,s continuation of support to this legislation.

    This legislation violates and breaches Maori Rights embedded in the treaty named "Te Tiriti O Waitangi" and the Declaration named "He Whakaputanga o nga Rangatira o Niu Tireni".

    Therefore, we would like to state Maori Party's vote of support for the Marine and Coastal Area Bill on the 22nd March 2011 DOES NOT represent my support or tautoko.

    We request that the Political Party named the Maori Party cease immediately their continuation of support of the "Marine and Coastal Area(Takutaimoana) Bill, as it continues to violate and breach "Te Tiriti O Waitangi".

    For the asaid reasons given above

    We request that Assent is NOT GIVEN to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutaimoana) Bill by the Governor General of New Zealand.

    Click on link below to sign the online petition
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/we-object-to-you

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