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House Nigger comment a “Honeism” says Maori Party

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(By Adam Bennett & Hayden – NZ Herald)

Mana leader Hone Harawira has accused Maori Party MPs of being the Prime Minister’s “little house niggers” over their indecision about attending a water rights hui.

The Maori King, Tuheitia, has called the meeting for iwi leaders, the Maori Council and politicians to try to secure a collaborative approach on Maori rights and interests in water.

Mr Key has banned his Maori MPs from attending the hui.

Maori Party leader Pita Sharples yesterday said his party’s attendance was “still to be determined”.

Co-leader Tariana Turia said: “At this point I don’t see the point of us going.”

Mr Harawira took to his Facebook page to lash out at their reluctance to attend.

He said Mr Key was “the real leader” of the Maori Party and accused his former colleagues of falling in line behind National Party policy.

“Time John Key realised a few home truths like (1) he can tell his little house niggers what to do, but (2) the rest of us don’t give a shit for him or his opinions.”

Mr Harawira said the Maori Party had to consult Mr Key before making its decisions.

However, he would welcome Dr Sharples or Mrs Turia at the hui if they decided to attend.

“If they come I’ll still be happy to see them – they need to see how p***ed off everyone is with these asset sales.”

Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell called Mr Harawira’s choice of words a “Honeism”.

“We don’t pay much attention to Hone’s comments because most of the time it is untruthful… if we worried about what Hone Harawira said at every turn we’d feel quite annoyed all the time. We’re just representing our people the best we can.”

Mr Flavell said Mr Key had no say into whether or not Maori Party MPs would attend the hui.

“I can give an absolute assurance that he wasn’t consulted. He doesn’t run the Maori Party just as much as we don’t run the National Party.”

Mr Flavell said his party had initiated past hui over Maori water rights and had consistently opposed the Government’s planned partial asset sale programme.

Mr Key said he would be out of the country next Thursday and would instruct his Maori MPs not to go even if invited.

“If you are an MP in the Government, you represent the Crown and any representation by my MPs at such an event would be interpreted as representation by the Crown and I’ve made that position absolutely crystal clear: I do not accept the view that there needs to be national hui because I do not accept there will be a national settlement because I do not accept it’s a national issue.”

A spokesman for the King, Tuku Morgan, said invitations for Mr Key and his MPs were never considered.

“This is a national summit on water for our people to … have a constructive discussion in our time and in our own space.”

The meeting would allow Maori Council co-chairman Sir Eddie Durie to spell out the case to the tribunal “because many of our people have not heard it other than what they’ve read in the paper”.

But several Maori politicians will attend, including from the Mana Party and Labour’s Hauraki Waikato MP, Nanaia Mahuta, the King’s cousin.

The Herald understands Green Party MPs will attend if invited.

Meanwhile, Mr Key said it was “extremely important that people don’t get confused” about the talks his Government was to have with affected iwi about the Mighty River sale over a five-week period. The purpose of that consultation was “to confirm the point that the sale of shares in those companies in no way affects the rights and interests of Maori in water”.

Maori Council deputy chairwoman Rahui Katene said Mr Key’s comment called into question the Government’s good faith. “If he’s going into any legal action saying he showed good faith by having consultation it’s going to be very easy to show that no, in fact this was not consultation.”

Maori Council lawyers were primed to file a legal challenge to the Government’s Mighty River sale plan, she said, but were unlikely to do so until after a September 15 meeting.

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  2. Tutai

    I wonder why the Maori Party includes themselves in this grouping I have to ask why if they have been true to the people would they see themselves as the described group, unless they are taking the opportunity to get on the side of the Hone haters getting rid of their biggest rival...maybe the election runup for the Maori Party has already well and truelly started...defacing Hone pea?

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  3. Kotiro

    I agree with Wikitoria.. Racism is ugly, uglier still when it is directed back at your own people! The saddest thing about it is most of our own people have condoned it, e hika ma!! And the explanation by Annette Sykes.. how does that make it anymore tika?? I don't consider ANY Maori to be a house nigger, OR a field nigger! We have our own struggles, our own histories.. let's not claim another peoples, from another land and time. The comments Malcolm spoke of were of real situations, things that we would never be able to fathom, no matter how we try to compare. African American Slavery is nothing to take advantage of for our own political purposes. It is disrespectful to their ancestors as well as ours. Maybe Annette needs a history lesson on the word NIGGER. Far from telling it like it is.. All I heard from that korero was a deep seated self righteous rage full of nothing but hatred and negativity with underlying currents of interal racism. The responses that followed that post only strengthened the negative attacks, in an almost cult like fashion. We should be looking to our own histories of POSTIVE leadership, not trying to OWN someone elses. We have many grea examples of our own, Tohu, Te Whiti, Rua Kenana and also the late Te Atairangikaahu. The true strength of Kotahitangi is through positivity. Kia tupato Hone, lest this bad Mauri consume you. Ka whai atu e koe te ara TIKA, te ara RANGIMARIE.

    1. derek morgan

      SERIOUSLY AS A PEOPLE, AND I AM TALKING MAORI, WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE REAL FACTS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN IN OUR COLLECTIVE FACES AND HISTORY FOR A GENERATION OR SO,ITS AN THE UNDERLYING FACT THAT WE HAVE AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE RACISM,NEGATIVITY,INTERACISM,AN OVERWELMING REPRESENTATION IN JAILS,HEALTH,UNEDUCATED,UNEMPLOYED,THE LIST IS ENDLESS ALL THIS IS NOT IMAGINARY ITS ALL PONO IF WE KEEP BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT AND IF NO ONE CHALLENGES THE SYSTEM OF THE GOVT MAORI ARE MEANT TOO BE TRITI PARTNERS WITH, NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE. YES HONE WILL QUESTION PEOPLES STANDING,AND INTEGRITY,(THATS BEING PONO TO YOURSELF AND YOUR PEOPLE) AND LEADERSHIP AS YOU WOULD BECAUSE HE IS NOT OWNLY TRYING TOO KEEP THE CROWN ACCOUNTABLE,BUT ALSO MAORI WHO WORK BESIDE GOVT. BEING AT THE TABLE SHOULD NOT BE ENOUGH, TO MANY MAORI LOOKING OUT FOR THEMSELVES, ITS TRUE TALKING IS GOOD, BUT ACTION, IS WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. I BELIEVE HONES MAURI WILL BE ALLGOOD HIS CAUSE, ALWAYS THE PEOPLE, AND IF PEOPLE ARE OFFENDED BECAUSE OF NAME CALLING, AND THE WAY HE DOES THINGS, MAYBE WE SHOULD STEP OUTSIDE OF OUR COMFORT ZONES WE TEND TO LIVE IN AND BE REAL .KIA KAHA HONE AND MANA

    2. Tutai

      Oh Shutup Kotiro - - what makes you think our history wasnt as hinus what makes you thing we walked into this oppression willingly, how do you think we fell from a strong nation to a nation of a few successes amd a whole lot of "loosers" was it our choice? I think Kotiro we have a lot to be dambed angry about, we have been railroaded into poverty then BLOODY BLAMED for it!They judge us while sitting on a seat made from our kauri forest upon land stolen through this legislation or that bi-law from us and then ungreatfully punish us and look down on us a though we are 4th world leechs....what eva Maori can never be rascist - you need power to ennact your racist views Maori can only be prejudice we can not affect the quality of the oppressors lives so their Kotiro

  4. Wikitoria Puriri

    I don't like the term Nigger. I live in Australia and I took offense recently with a few Australians of English descent who were using the term "boong" in a derogoratory way in reference to Indigenous people of Australia. I told them, I found terms like "boong", "coon", "nigger", "kaffir" offensive and insensitive. They completely disagreed that it was offensive. Hone appears to have used the term in a perjorative manner for the purpose of degradation, humiliation, demeaning and debasing others, much like how it was used and still is against the African Americans in the USA. I think it's one thing for an African American to take ownership of the word and use it, and a completely different thing for a non-African American to use it in an abusive, bullying way towards others. It's easy to name-call and abuse people. It's everywhere, from Politicians to the average person on the street. One comes across it in every walk of life. It's much harder to actually have constructive and intelligent dialogue about issues. I don't like violence or bullying. It is all harmful and counter-productive. We all deserve some sort of respect, irrespective of our race, social class, religion, sexual preference, IQ or physical appearance or prowess. Think of the uproar if a Pakeha person used the term "Nigger". Maori people need to be more sensitive too.

  5. Ranui Kahika Mc Clutchie

    Good on you HONE totally tautoko your korero, its about time the Maori Party were given some straight talking. They certainly act and talk like they are National Party Lackies and goffers.

  6. Adele

    Kiaora I believe Hone's reference to 'house niggers' was in relation to the National Party's M?ori MPS, Paula Bennett, Simon Bridges, Tau Henare and Hekia Parata. Obviously the M?ori Party MPS would fall outside this description as they are not bound tightly by the edicts of Key, wll, not in this case.

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