In an article online today on Stuff, Pem Bird said: “I have communicated with Hone Harawira to inform him of the complaint, and I have sent him a copy of the complaint,” Mr Bird said.
Mr Bird continues “If the hui cannot resolve the issue it would then go to the party’s disciplinary disputes committee.”
10.20am | TangataWhenua.com has just spoken to MP Hone Harawira about the recent complaint he received from the Maori Party President, Pem Bird. The Maori Party member for Tai Tokerau received the complaint on Tuesday from Waiaraki MP Te Ururoa Flavell, supported by Te Tai Tonga MP Rahui Katene, and Maori Party co-leaders Dr Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia.
It has since been revealed that this communication was done via a conference call late last night. A commentator said “this is not a very kaupapa-Maori way of doing things”. We can also reveal say that Mr Harawira only received a copy of the complaint after the fact and that he has not received a copy of the Press Statement as issued by Party President Pem Bird.
Mr Harawira is currently in route to Te Tai Tokerau and will be meeting with his constituents this evening. TangataWhenua.com has been told that a formal response may be provided sometime tomorrow.
Support for Hone is strong on social networks with one staunch supporter saying:
Regardless of the complaint, here is a man who without thought of consequence for himself or his job has put himself in the frontline for the good and betterment of our people time and time again. It is because of Hone that I still believe in the Maori Party and their potential to make a real difference. Shame on those other members who I’m sure were not encouraged to complain by their own constituents. Shame on you.