With no clear messages of unity emerging from the Maori Party this absence of reasoning only contributes to its likely demise. So begins a new journey and a new hikoi which begs the question. Will there be a new ‘Maori’ party built by the same sentiment and people who helped in the past to create the Maori Party of seven years ago? Or will we see a party more aligned with the original intentions that helped spearhead the earlier movement?
I am unsure whether such opportunity will emerge again where Maori have a direct influence in the politiking in the government of the day. Nevertheless deals were made and if people were to appreciate the delicate nature of political positioning which does not descriminate against any one ethnicity but favours power and international influence then the new party will begin on a new learning curve. Hone will now have a new appreciation of technology and social media marketing, Obama had proven that point of difference. However where Obama fails to meet the test, is that with Hone there is a genuine set of principles, very unrelenting but flexible enough to offer empathy to non-Maori issues when required. It is as simple as that.
Hone will need to calculate the numbers required to maintain and establish, if it is desired, a political party that is free and frank rather than deflect and avoid the critical issues. Ideally, as Donna Awatere publically stated online, the end game is where the Maori party maintains it position by compromising on its leadership. To see the party fail or lose its leverage instills a fear that this same situation can be repeated. The benefiticiaries will not be Maori. Subsequently other Maori in the other political parties with little then token influence will drum the beat that their party leaders play.
The Foreshore and Seabed will again become a red herring because the truth of this economy is that the Crown will not relinguish equity in an asset that can be utilised to offset foreign debt. The macro economics in the administration of natural resources for NZ is firmly entrenched in international relations. This may not be spoken freely but the underlying drivers remain the same, unless there is a revolution which is unlikely. No political activitism is strong enough in this country to create a substantial challenge to the status quo. The one group that can pose such an attempt remains with Maori and the government understands this though NZ society would rather casually ignore this simple reality. However the bonds that unite iwi are the same bonds that divide us.
That is a strength but it is unrealised due to the dynamic nature of modern social values that are slowly deteriorating our traditional values of collective ownership and spiritual beliefs. There is hope though and once again it will rely on individual hapu re-establishing their own political and economic sovereignty in tandem with capital markets that complement the aspirational goals of hapu members.