May 8, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

So what did he actually say? Harawira and that bloody Oath

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From chatter on various social networks, it’s clear that most were not expecting Hone Harawira’s swearing in to be “run of the mill” but most were shocked none the less to see the newly elected Te Tai Tokerau MP being ejected from the House of Representatives where he was to be sworn in as a Member of Parliament for New Zealand’s newest political force, the Mana Movement.

So what actually happened?

Initially there was confusion about just why he was kicked out, some felt it was because he was using te reo but that was quickly quashed, the Oaths Modernisation Bill made changes to how oaths were taken in New Zealand.

This changed the following:

  • It amends the parliamentary oath to include loyalty to New Zealand and respect for the democratic values of New Zealand and respect for the rights and freedoms of its people;
  • It amends the citizenship oath to include loyalty to New Zealand, and respect for the democratic values of New Zealand and respect for the rights and freedoms of its people;
  • It provides a Maori version of each oath. The Act provides that using a Maori equivalent of any of the oaths set out in that Act shall have full legal effect;
  • It amends the Act to prescribe a Maori language version of the words with which an affirmation must begin.

What Harawria said:

“I, Hone Pani Tamati Waka Nene Harawira, swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, that I will be honest and forthright in my efforts to advance the rights of the people of Tai Tokerau, that I will do my utmost to help all Maori people become full empowered citizens of this land and that I will do whatever I can to reduce inequalities in this country, so that all may one day be proud to call Aotearoa home.”

The correct oath (in English or Te Reo):

“I, [name] swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.”


The affirmation:

“I [name] solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her heirs and successors, according to law.”

In 2005, Hone had sought to change this amendment to allow for bearing allegiance to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, but his amendment was not allowed. In the last few years, Australia has amended their oath and it does not include bearing allegiance to the queen.

Instead, Hone swore allegiance to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and as a result was asked to leave the chambers of Parliament.

See what actually took place:

11 thoughts on “So what did he actually say? Harawira and that bloody Oath

  1. The irony is that this incident happens when a Maori Governor General is sitting as the Queen’s representative. How sad…

  2. If Parliament started in the north, let it return to the North. I think Te Taitokerau should look at forming its own country, that way we dont have to fight NZ to help our own.

  3. Interesting,
    pledging allegiance to the treaty seems a good way to assert ones own sovereignty. If Te Taitokerau voted him in as their voice then one might assume he is expressing the opinion of most ngapuhi. What i like is that he is forcing the issue of sovereignty and making his stand as a Maori, self determination which is well within his rights as an indigenous of Aotearoa ( i recall the UN writting some resolution bout that). I believe the people who come from Te Taitokerau have come to a place where they can set their own destiny and not have to be subject to some foreign sovereign. As for the korowai slipping off in parliament, its not our parliament its theirs or the queens. Put that korowai in Waitangi it will never come down. Notice though his words got through, we got to stop looking at the man and ask ourselves is this wot is at the heart of the voters of Te Taitokerau, after all he did win the majority vote. many ngapuhi across the motu and overseas are watching and being enlightened that someone is challenging on their behalf. Ask ones self the question why did they move parliament from Russel? my opinion is they could never control ngapuhi, therefore their agendas would always become disrupted. If Her Majesty the Queen is the Head of the Commonwealth and defender of the Faith, then let God be the defender of the Peoples of Te Taitokerau.

  4. I have to learn about this for school and my thing is due in wednesday i am finding it very hard im only 14 years old. and we have to write this so 8 year olds can under stand it when we read it to them.

  5. i dont know if anyone saw that but………………….that! KOROWAI fell off!! OMFG geee i voted for hone but when i saw that I was second guessing my action! plz don’t make me regret it Hone!

  6. He Tohu pea !!!!, what about the exclusion o te Tiriti o Waitangi, let alone He Whakaputenga i haina tea o Tatau Tupuna ite waa 1835?

    I dont fancy their kupapa laws neither their administration of our Aotearoa and its taoanga tuku iho..its a ruddy mess out there and those pompass think they are Gods with their self made Laws do nothing for most of Us including Tauiwiw..

    The way i see it,, his Korowai fell maybe due to your Tupuna Wairua may have no intentionb of standing under a white rule thats not their Tapu Tikanga ..

  7. How does Hone’s actions bring shame upon M?ori. Te Tiriti o Waitangi is between the Crown and Iwi M?ori. To swear allegiance to Te Tiriti is, from my perspective, an affirmation of the high regard that M?ori continue place in its relationshio with the Crown.

    The shameful aspect is the ongoing maltreatment of Hone and the Mana Party by a p?keh? system that would rather throw us out or lock us up than deal with the reality that M?ori are t?ngata whenua and are entitled to at least 50% say in everything – including how parliament ought to be run.

  8. Shame eh Hone, making us Maori look real bad now, disrespecting Lockwood Smith like that, how embarrasing.

  9. I found this very entertaining, and I do believe that Hone does well for the t.v ratings. But while he on his own waka, there are people like me living in the Tai Tokerau Rohe that have to deal with being over represented for all the wrong reasons. I am also a strong believer in ‘tohu Maori’, who gave him the right, who gave him the MANA to use my Tupuna’s name – HONE HEKE, especially associating it with TAX, whakaiti! You need to ask why his korowai, the MANA of his tupuna, fell to the ground before he stepped forward to recite his oath. He TOHU tena!

    1. Excuse me Jess, your tupuna? obviously you don’t know whakapapa, because if you did u would know that Heke had children but they all died without producing offspring, so obviously he cant be your tupuna. Thats if you are talking direct descendant which I’m guessing you are. Tuhirangi and Peia (Heke’s sisters) did have off spring and thats where the heke is from, not Heke. Oh and for your information, Hone comes from both Tuhirangi and Peia, so I guess he does have the mana doesnt he?

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