Maori Party supporters can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Today the Maori Party announced that it had reached a resolution to the recent controversies by it’ MP for Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. Mr Harawira will continue on with the Maori Party but work within his electorate fore the rest of the year.
In a statement, the Maori Party spoke of a process of whakahou wairua being undertaken which seeks to restore the spirit of all those who have been affected by a particular action.
A meeting was held on Tuesday night, which followed on from the reconciliation process with the people of Te Tai Tokerau electorate last weekend. Mr Harawira acknowledged his responsibilities for the damaging effects of his actions on the Maori Party and its supporters, his parliamentary colleagues and the nation as a whole.
The Maori Party pointed out that while it acknowledged human frailty the Party had found that by drawing on kaupapa embodied in its Constitution; a resolution process was designed which comes from the “recognition of hurt and the determination to move forward”.
While the road has been painful for many involved, a sense of renewed strength has emerged. As a result, the Maori Party will be developing a kawa for Members of Parliament, a series of guiding protocols to ensure that its members act in accordance with he kaupapa tuku iho.
Last night I met with my caucus colleagues, and I heard first hand the pain and the suffering that they have had to go through because of the senseless comments I made in an email a few weeks back, and for that I apologise. The Maori Party has built up a good deal of credibility and goodwill during our first four years in the house, and has a vital role to play in building new pathways for our nation. My comments have derailed much of that credibility and set back our efforts to build bridges for our people into the future, and for that I apologise. I also recognise the responsibility that I carry as a leader within Maoridom and I apologise most sincerely to all young Maori, and especially to our mokopuna, for the bad example that I have set by my comments. I apologise also to those New Zealanders, both Maori and Pakeha, and particularly women, who have been offended by my comments. They were insensitive, they were hurtful, they were unnecessary, and I apologise for the grief and anguish that they have caused. Hone Harawira