May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Kaipara & Tamaki Makaurau whanui to retrieve taonga gifted to Maori Party after breach of values

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A contingent of Kaumatua, Kuia, Pakeke,& Rangatahi from the Kaipara & Tamaki Makaurau will be arriving at Parliament tomorrow between 1-2 with the express purpose of uplifting, retrieving, and returning a 6ft hook (Matau) and anchor (punga) which was gifted to celebrate the Maori Partys 1st year in parliament, and express support for their mangai MP Hone Harawira. The group has asked that the taonga be placed below the steps of Parliament so that they may ensure the easy return of these taonga.

In a statement released today, the roopu said,

“It was perhaps a HUGE error on our behalf to assume, that the party would uphold such values as manaakitanga, in order to respond to Taikokeraus concerns re this bill. And that the party would also continue also to fight to restore our TINO RANGATIRA status (as guaranteed in article two of Te Tiriti 1840) but now recognise that , that will not be the case, being that the party, expelled our MP for merely voicing the Tai Tokeraus concerns, and that they (The Maori Party) have blatantly ignored over 90% of the submissions re: this bill, and endorsed a piece of legislation that may well be the catalyst for TOTALLY nullifying and or extinguishing our ancestral rights of GUARDIANSHIP, CHEIFTENSHIP, AND TOTAL AUTHORITY over our taonga (Wenua, Ngahere, Moana Katoa!)

We of the Kaipara (who also hikoi tomorrow) have no desire what-so-ever to enter parliament to retrieve the taonga, (but will if need be.) We would instead ask that the taonga be brought on to the space below the parliament steps prior to our arrival, to ensure that the return of our taonga goes smoothly and without any hitches.

Enquiries to Ropata Paora

021 205 1571

6 thoughts on “Kaipara & Tamaki Makaurau whanui to retrieve taonga gifted to Maori Party after breach of values

  1. Objection to Maori Party voting in support of Marine and Coastal Bill

    Online Petition to Maori Party and Governor General

    We object to the Political Party with in New Zealand Government named "The Maori Party" voting in support of the legislation named "The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutaimoana) Bill.

    We also object to the Maori Party,s continuation of support to this legislation.

    This legislation violates and breaches Maori Rights embedded in the treaty named "Te Tiriti O Waitangi" and the Declaration named "He Whakaputanga o nga Rangatira o Niu Tireni".

    Therefore, we would like to state Maori Party's vote of support for the Marine and Coastal Area Bill on the 22nd March 2011 DOES NOT represent my support or tautoko.

    We request that the Political Party named the Maori Party cease immediately their continuation of support of the "Marine and Coastal Area(Takutaimoana) Bill, as it continues to violate and breach "Te Tiriti O Waitangi".

    For the asaid reasons given above

    We request that Assent is NOT GIVEN to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutaimoana) Bill by the Governor General of New Zealand.

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  2. H E Chief Charles Hohepa Whakapapa ki te whenua O Ngati Whatua The Chief Tautoko te kaupapa o Nga Hapu

  3. cont>>> Please, can anyone enlighten me further? Where will these taonga be housed, & what history will be told of them? Will they be regifted to the next party who they have faith in – like how some Native Americans hold "speaking totems" when they want to address their tribe, then passed to the next person/group when what is said is not agreed upon? If thats the case, maybe a smaller, more easily transportable taonga could be gifted…
    Taitokerau, I DO write this very much with tounge-in-cheek… I feel for you all, & understand that you must do what you feel is appropriate – but can anyone more fully explain the reasoning behind this stance?
    Kia ora whanau…

  4. ^Lol at "no backsies, ever". I understand the frustration, hurt & anger. Taitokerau were most definately abandoned by the Maori Party, & clearly their concerns & issues were ignored. Lots of people who had faith & hope in the Maori Party feel "ripped off", & Hone Harawira has gained strong support for simply sticking to his word & speaking on behalf of the people who put him in the position to do so. However I too wondered what the reclaimation of this taonga would accomplish. What does this taking back of gifts signify – & how will it help our people regain their governmental voice? Yes, it attracts attention to certain issues, but will it be percived & portrayed in a positive way by our mainstream media? I seriously doubt it. I do believe it will draw strong criticisms, provoke verbal lashings & entice harsh words, if people do not fully understand why a gift that was given in faith is now being taken back. >>>

  5. They want to retrieve the taonga they gifted to the Maori Party, so they might have perpetual reminders of the HUGE error they made? hmm .. It's not often that anyone would purposely demand depressing negativity be returned to them, but hey ..

    It's all kinda circular, I get it – they don't give-away ownership of a gift, just possession, therefore as the owners they can appear at any time, say 200 years later and request its' return.

    I wonder if Governor Hobson, back in the day, understood this intrinsic cultural gift-giving nature of Maori? NZ could have been a much different place if he had. Imagine ..

    The Treaty of Waitangi: Article the 4th
    Her Majesty Victoria, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India, herein declares and proclaims, No backsies, ever!

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