Harawira’s new movement to be Maori led

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The new movement convened by Hone Harawira will be Maori ledwith a Maori focus TangataWhenua.com is told. Hone will determine with supporters what are the 4-5 key issues for the next 3 years.”What is good forMaori- willhave universal benefitsfor others”.

Hone will visit supporters in Tai Tokerau in the next 3 weeks and later with other areas. Suggestions about a left wing coalition with Sue Bradford and others are media speculation.

Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira says he will decide by the beginning of next month whether he will form a new party or “a loose coalition of independent groups” to contest this year’s election nationally.

Mr Harawira quit the Maori Party late last month to become an independent MP as part of a deal with the party’s national council.

It came after caucus colleague Te Ururoa Flavell made a complaint over his criticism of the party’s relationship with the Government and complaints that National was developing anti-Maori policies.

When he resigned, he said he was considering forming a new political party, and yesterday said he was heading out to gauge support.

“I could quite comfortably sit back and focus on the Tai Tokerau electorate but there’s a huge amount of pressure coming from people all around the country, not just Maori, who want to see a party that’s prepared to fight for the rights of the most vulnerable in our society.”

Mr Harawira said Maori would suffer due to the pressure on health, education and welfare budgets signalled this year, which would be worsened by the costs of the earthquake.

“A lot of people can see that if I am successful in fighting back on some of these things, a lot of other people are going to be saved by it.”

Mr Harawira said he was going to “build a movement”, and added that an option presented to him was that if he held his seat, others associated with him could come in as “a loose coalition of independent groups”.

Mr Harawira said he expected to make a “formal decision” about the new party by the start of April.

Under his resignation agreement, he will not challenge any Maori Party MPs in the election and the party will exercise his proxy vote when he is not in the House.

8 COMMENTS

  1. The maori party is playing for the wrong team – National and ACT . it wasn't too long ago that Don Brash was leading national and maori bashing. Maori on the East Coast want maori party support against the threats of dangerous deep sea oil drilling, which puts their coast at risk. Hone plays for team Tino Rangatiratanga! Ka pai.

    Low wages and asset sales (under national) is not what maori will vote for.

    Kia Kaha Hone

  2. The maori party is playing for the wrong team – National and ACT . it wasn't too long ago that Don Brash was leading national and maori bashing. Maori on the East Coast want maori party support against the threats of dangerous deep sea oil drilling, which puts their coast at risk. Hone plays for team Tino Rangatiratanga! Ka pai.

    Kia Kaha Hone

  3. The maori party is playing for the wrong team – National and ACT – it wasn't too long ago that Don Brash was leading national and maori bashing. Maori on the East Coast want maori party support against the threats of dangerous deep sea oil drilling, which put their coast at risk. Hone plays for team Tino Rangatiratanga! Ka pai.

    Kia Kaha Hone

  4. The thing is Hone has a passion to drive the bus but no track record as a team player (not even with his own kaumatua & kaimahi according to the kumara vine) so odds on sooner than later this new waka will break apart. He should have snapped out of his i-rangatira buzz, got real & stayed with the Maori Party

    • Reality
      Come on you don’t really believe that..the shame Maori Party has bought upon the lot of us!

      You can’t mend what wasn’t broken from the start and Hone and the people will make sure that the waka will not break apart only get stronger as it pushes through all the foriegn debre in the way!

      Kia Kaha

  5. KIA KAHA Brotha Hone

    All the best for the new venture you have support that is willing to enagae the change

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