Jan 21, 2021

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PR wars on! | Mana Movement 1 : Maori Party 1

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The Maori Party are playing tit for tat with Leader of Mana and MP for Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira, in one of their latest press releases which took issue with a scathing press release from Harawira which called out the Maori Party saying they were standing silently by while 50 Te Puni Kokiri staff will be made redundant and that Maori Development from a policy position would be critically wounded as a result. Harawira make the connection between Asset Sales and gutting the only Department whose goal it is to work in the area of Maori Development, saying:

“The Maori Party’s been huffing and puffing about walking out over asset stripping and here they are doing exactly the same thing themselves – gutting the only government department that Maori have ever had faith in.”

Maori Party Co-leader Dr Pita Sharples then joined the PR war, and replied in kind saying that Harawira “was scaremongering to get publicity…. and that he was “good at creating confusion and discord, instead of addressing the issues. We would love Hone to put forward some constructive ideas, but we are not holding our breath,” stated Sharples.

What the restructure will mean for TPK is that there will be the following:

  • Major redundancies
  • Closure of many branch offices
  • Reducing TPK’s role to social issues (education, employment and housing)
  • The removal of major responsibilities (economic development, Matauranga Maori including WAI 262, Marae Development, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights, Te Reo Maori, Broadcasting, Land and Resource Development, and Whanau Ora)

Harawira went on to say that what was truly disappointing was that the “restructure” would cripple Maori development, saying that “a once great ministry will become just a shell of its former self and other government departments will just ignore them.

Sharples hit back saying,

Let me be absolutely clear. The Maori Party is determined to make the Maori programmes Te Puni Kokiri and other Ministries across Government deliver the strongest and most effective than they have ever been to achieve the transformation our whanau seek, said Dr Sharples.

Have a read for yourself, are they both right? Who is making more sense and why?

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Te Puni Kokiri – Gone by Lunchtime – Harawira

Unbelievable! was the only thing Hone Harawira, leader of the MANA Movement and MP for Tai Tokerau could say when told about the Maori Partys support for the break-up of Te Puni Kokiri.

The Maori Partys been huffing and puffing about walking out over asset stripping and here they are doing exactly the same thing themselves – gutting the only government department that Maori have ever had faith in.

The restructure of TPK is said to include:

  • Major redundancies
  • Closure of many branch offices
  • Reducing TPKs role to social issues (education, employment and housing)
  • The removal of major responsibilities (economic development, Matauranga Maori including WAI 262, Marae Development, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights, Te Reo Maori, Broadcasting, Land and Resource Development, and Whanau Ora)

And guess what? None of the staff have been told about it. No consultation, no counselling, nothing – just a simple announcement – TPK will be gone by lunchtime and many of you are headed for the dole queue.

These changes will cripple Maori development. A once great ministry will become just a shell of its former self and other government departments will just ignore them.

There will be no longer be a single source for advocacy on Maori culture, Maori language, Maori broadcasting, Maori intellectual property rights, Maori economic development, Matauranga Maori, marae development and Maori land and resource development.

The new gutted agency (to be known as The Puny Kokiri) wont even have any say over the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples!

Maori will get less funding, there will be fewer civil servants focused on Maori issues and Maori people will be told to go round and round in circles.

But congratulations Tariana; looks like she got all her furniture out before Petes house got razed to the ground.

These changes raise more questions than answers like:

  1. Why havent the staff been told about this?
  2. Why werent Maori consulted on this?
  3. What will happen to the responsibilities they once had? (Maori culture, Maori language, Maori broadcasting, Maori intellectual property rights, Maori economic development, Matauranga Maori, marae development, Maori land and resource development, and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)
  4. Will these responsibilities just disappear or will other government agencies deal with them?
  5. Do other government agencies have well-resourced and knowledgeable Maori units established to cater for the transfer of responsibilities?
  6. Will the money go with the programmes?
  7. Which government department gets Maori culture, which one gets Maori language, which one gets Maori broadcasting, which one gets Maori intellectual property rights?
  8. Which government department gets Maori economic development, which one gets Matauranga Maori, which one gets marae development and which one gets Maori land and resource development?
  9. Will other departments now be able to ignore the advice provided by TPK which has often been critical of the governments performance on Maori issues?

If this is true, the Maori Partys everlasting legacy will be to have destroyed the only department that Maori had any faith in, and reduced co-leader Pita Sharples role to being just a bag handler for other ministers.

If ever the Maori Party was going to walk, nows the time. Things are just lurching from bad to worse with these guys and none of them have got a bloody clue about what to do about it.

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Breaking News: Best scaremonger award goes to Harawira – Sharples

Dr Pita Sharples, Co-leader 2 February 2012 Maori Party Co-leader Dr Pita Sharples says Hone Harawiras latest round of attacks on the Maori Party is just scaremongering to get publicity.

“The antics of Hone Harawira, the master scaremonger and name-caller, have no doubt made a difficult situation worse for the people he pretends to defend the workers of Te Puni Kokiri said Dr Sharples.

Hone is good at creating confusion and discord, instead of addressing the issues. We would love Hone to put forward some constructive ideas, but we are not holding our breath.” The Maori Partys priorities are clear getting Maori into jobs, improving housing for Maori families, educating our people, and helping whanau take control of their destiny through Whanau Ora, said Dr Sharples.

We are also working on te Reo Mauriora, a new Maori language strategy to empower communities to maintain their own reo; we are pursuing a review of the constitution to put the Treaty at the heart of government; and we are progressing a Maori economic development strategy. These are key planks in our comprehensive Maori development programme.” Yesterday, Mr Harawira made the wild claim that Te Puni Kokiri was losing major responsibilities because of the Maori Party’s programme. Fact: another bogus claim. The fiscal pressures on Te Puni Koriri are a part of the efficiency dividend announced in Budget 2011 for all government departments. If Mr Harawira bothered to turn up to Parliament he would be aware of this. ”

In fact, I worked hard to ensure that Te Puni Kokiri were able to retain their budget at a time when most agencies were losing money. It is unfortunate that cuts have had to happen as part of this wider government agenda. But make no mistake – the Maori Party is about supporting Maori development and progress.”

Lets not forget Mr Harawira walked away from the Maori Party because of our relationship with National, which adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and has significantly progressed a range of advances, such as Maori economic development, Te Reo Maori Strategy and Whanau Ora. To be suddenly concerned about these programmes now is complete hypocrisy.

Let me be absolutely clear. The Maori Party is determined to make the Maori programmes Te Puni Kokiri and other Ministries across Government deliver the strongest and most effective than they have ever been to achieve the transformation our whanau seek, said Dr Sharples. The Maori Party can do this because we are working with Government representing our people. Fact: Mr Harawira cannot. Ends. [/sws_blue_box]

14 thoughts on “PR wars on! | Mana Movement 1 : Maori Party 1

  1. Kia ora Hone you are the first person in your position that i have any faith in to bring the issues to the fore front how ever ugly they are and angry they make us feel this is not being a “scaremonger” This is being real for the people of Aotearoa that we have not had enough of keep on keeping it real Mana

  2. sharples and harawira should be asking for half of the proceeds from the sales of these assets and split equally then they will be able to fulfil their election promises to their constituents the govt shouldnt be allowed to give out pittance to the leaders after all we are partners according to the treaty…. to me thats 50%..theyd be able to save te puni kokiri use the money for health education etc etc now they want to add or delete part of the treaty to suit themselves to sell more get rid of keys..call for another election

  3. I see sence in all that Hone is saying – I as a poor marginalise Maori dont feel the Maori Party represent me and my whanau.

  4. Warm house policy is one policy we can laugh at. While the Maori Party talk about Maori health and housing problems they were sighting the poor and yet here it comes, the poor dont own houses they rent coachroach infested homes at a rediculous price.

    And so still teh problem of health appears anyone checked to see if this policy has impacted on those whanau whose kids suffer from respiratory problems.

  5. @ pee if u think the Maori Party are going to be making things easy for our people while “sleeping with the devil” then you are disillusioned. Things are getting worse NOT BETTER. Tell us what have they done to make our lives better, jobs, NOT, better education, NOT, affordable living, NOT, more houses, NOT. In a small area in Gisborne alone I counted 15 empty State houses so what the hell is going on????? Yes Pee thats what u should do to those who are betraying their own

  6. I just sense a feeling of hopelessness, when once again we see our taonga and our mana maori slowly and suttlely stripped away, minimized or compromised and we cant do anything about it…Of course we need solutions…but at what cost??…
    All the arguing, anger, frustrations that we as a Maori are feeling right now will take time to heal…History is repeating itself ever so suttlely…God help us all…

  7. People need to read the Te Reo Mauriora Report. This explains why TPK is going through the changes it is. The Wai 262 report showed that te reo Maori speakers decreased from 25% in 2001 to 24% in 2006. If TPK were spending its money effectively this should have increased not decreased. More money needs to be directed towards te reo in homes not in big money spending govt organisations like TPK.

  8. If the Pakeha cant even make their own governmental programmes work well(then what makes you think Maori are going to trust them to restructure Maori agencies so that it will be.. “just and fair” FOR US…really..Personally I think it is a farce…!!! like the same thing by a different name, taking a pot shot…see how it goes…and along the way creating some monsters …too late to turn Back…!!!

  9. The longer the Maori Party lie in bed with ShonKey JonKey the “Smiling Assassin” and his bunch of greedy dummies the more they will become like them….so maybe I better send them a dummy each too….!!!

  10. Well, the past three years the Maori party established a record, but not one that they should feel proud about it. First, unemployment grew to one of the highest one in NZ recent history, and particularly harders hit were maori families.Poverty in NZ has escalated to serious levels and most indicators established a link between poverty and child abuse. Maori party lost its way went it decided to sit in the “table and eat the crumbs” of the power holders. That is why they had an horrendous result in the last elections. If they really care about Maori apart of the exclusive elite they have been serving they better walk the talk and leave the Nats and Act to screw NZ once again as they had in the past.But looks like Peters and Turia and cia are only concerned about the retirement package they going to get once they are ousted from Parliament.

    1. Wow you people should get a job. You should focus your attention on understanding the Treaty. Wieghting from this perspective and how tauiwi use LAW to seperate us from our estate, taonga of significance. Now we are faced with being alienated from our land through the sale of our assets. Our window into the future has been already told and looks to be repeated. When the government attacked our assets, land, hapu, culture it affectively attacked our economic ability to provide for our essential needs, warm shelter, food and clean water. The behaviour of an others culture in the land has seriously undermined and contributed to the social ills we suffer today.
      We have a system that is based on individuals willingness to pay, instead of more sustainable measures that serve whole communities. We the voters choose to be marginalized. How our ills are blamed on the Maori Party who have made huge inroads in three years. They didnt say the road there was easy.
      The energy that is floating around needs to embrace positive injection to policy to help us move forward. Its a Numbers Game. Support those that are in a position to bring change…if change can be done outside that forum show us how and when this event occurred so we all can have a presidence to refer to.

  11. Fact: So Mr Sharples says “it is better to lie with the devil to get what u need, than do what Mr Harawira wants and stand against it.” Ends.

    aah good luck with that theory Peter…NOT!!

  12. Except of course you have Sharples attacking Harawira for his words and then next minute Shaprles is apologising to whanau for the axing TPK workers! Bit rich really!

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