Although the decision was not to be released to the media – we’ve been told that the Maori Party has made public the recommendations of the disciplinary committe and those are that MP Hone Harawira’s membership be canceled and the Te Taitokerau representative be expelled from the Party, making him an independent MP.
Disciplinary committee chairwoman Te Orohi Paul revealed the recommendation yesterday, saying it was reached “with great sadness”.
This follows from the complaint laid by party whip MP Te Ururoa Flavell against Mr Harawira, which was prompted by a column Mr Harawira wrote in the Sunday Star- Times where Harawira questioned the direction of the party and its relationship with the National Party.
It has been reported to me that the National council of the Maori party will meet today Wednesday at Ruamata to discuss this but their decision is considered a foregone conclusion. Protests are expected.
The NZ Herald reported that although Mr Harawira did not attend the final hearing of the committee on Monday, Ms Paul said Mr Harawira had had many opportunities to respond to the complaint, and “he had said a great deal”. But attempts to find another resolution had all failed, leaving the party with little option.
“The committee considered that Mr Harawira had been accorded full rights to natural justice.”
Mr Harawira has objected to the disciplinary committee throughout, describing it as a “Pakeha process”.
He would not comment yesterday, saying only “I have nothing to say whatsoever, thanks very much.”
Maori Party president Pem Bird said neither Mr Harawira nor Te Ururoa Flavell was expected to be at the meeting today.
Mr Harawira’s fate would be decided by the council, including at least two representatives from each Maori electorate except for Mr Harawira’s Te Tai Tokerau branch.
Mr Bird said Te Tai Tokerau’s views were already clear and they were “conflicted”.
It is the understanding of TangataWhenua.com that other electorates are clear on their views but were still allowed to seal the fate of the MP
He said the party hoped to deal with the matter before the second reading of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill tomorrow.
Mr Harawira’s failure to attend the second hearing of the committee on Monday is understood to have further angered the committee and council, which had granted an extension on Mr Harawira’s request.
Mr Flavell’s submission to the committee made it clear he thought Mr Harawira should go, as he was apparently deliberately undermining the caucus by presenting himself as the only true voice for Maori.
The submission said he believed Mr Harawira’s outspokenness on issues relating to Maori was valuable to the party, but he had gone too far by turning on his own colleagues.