May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Harawira receives complaint from Maori MPs

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(Source | ONE News) A collective from the Maori Party have filed an official complaint against fellow Maori Party member Hone Harawira late Tuesday night.

Maori Party President, Pem Bird, says he received a 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.

Bird said the party would be taking legal advice on what to do next.

“The National Council of the Maori Party has resolved to seek expert constitutional law advice from Mai Chen, Partner at Chen Palmer, on how to deal with the complaint consistent with the Party’s Constitution approved at the 2010 AGM, 30 October 2010,” Bird said in a statement.

He said he had informed Harawira of the complaint and sent him a written copy of it.

“I have also communicated with the Chair of the Te Tai Tokerau Electorate Council, as our Constitution requires.

“Hone Harawira will be accorded natural justice and the right to respond to the complaint.”

Bird said the party is seeking an early meeting to try and resolve the issues raised by the complaint and an urgent hui will be held on Friday.

“We have invited Hone Harawira, Te Ururoa Flavell on behalf of the complainants, and the Chair of the Te Tai Tokerau Electorate Council to be present at the hui. It will be chaired by the Party’s co Vice President, Ken Mair. The hui will be private and confidential to enhance the chances of successfully resolving the issues in the complaint,” Bird said.

He said the council would comment further after that meeting.

On Facebook, lawyer Annette Sykes said,

New Party hierarchy will now have to confront the same issues that were dealt with by former President Whatarangi Winiata the outcome of which was very clearly to enable the rangatiratanga of the electorate of Tai Tokerau to determine the ultimate fate of Hone Harawira….

They spoke vociferously then and said that they wanted Hone as their representative and wanted him to maintain his stance on Foreshore and Seabed on a range of issues.

In an election year one has to say that the complaint process being initiated as it has been by four individuals who just all happen to be incumbent Members of Parliament is an interesting development.

For those in Waiariki let it be clear Te Ururoa as one of those complainants is acting as an individual. He has not sought nor been given any mandate from Waiariki to do what he has done… well certainly not from its present paid up Paati membership unless there have been secret meetings and panui that have gone to a select few.

Its obvious that what the people say does no hold much water with the leadership on these issues but par to democracy the right of individuals to initiate processes of dispute resolution. What is also interesting is that since the first issues Te Ururoa and the former Vice President initiated a review of the constitution. I wonder if there are any changes now as part of the rules which will influence the course of this matter.

Finally, Hone can be assured that there are many of us who will always stand pakahiwi ki te pakahiwi in times of adversity and in times of well being… This is one of those times.

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