May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Harawira says English and Ryall are liars

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Bill English and Tony Ryall are liars said MANA leader Hone Harawira when they say that the preference was clearly expressed at the consultation hui for a provision reflecting the concepts of the existing section 9 of the SOEs Act.

Maori said nothing of the sort

Let there be no doubt about Maori opinion on the sale of state assets – 95% want to keep Section 9, and the rest want it to be made stronger

Section 9 is the clause in the State Owned Enterprises (SOE) Act which protects Maori interests under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Harawira said that he had attended three of the hui and hadnt heard one person come out in support of the sale, not even to iwi interests.

And neither did they say they wanted a provision reflecting the concepts. What they said they wanted was Sec 9

In fact, Ngapuhi chairman Sonny Tau was very, very clear in his statement in Whangarei said Harawira. He insisted that S9 stay in the Act and that if the assets were taken out of the Act, S9 had to go with them

Harawira also said that he was disappointed but not surprised to hear the Maori Party come out in support of the governments position.

They didnt even come to any of the hui! said Harawira. I went Rotorua and Te Ururoa Flavell wasnt there. I went to Tamaki and Sharples wasnt there. And Tariana didnt go to the Whanganui hui either

They talked tough but they didnt front said Harawira Their game plan was to get their people to fight while they hid

But now its walk-the-talk time. The Maori Party said they want S9 in its entirety to stay with the assets. When that doesnt happen, theyve got to walk or they will forever be known as big talkers but slow walkers.

Harawira also congratulated MANA members from all round the country for turning out to protest against the privatisation of state assets.

Everybody talked up their opposition but only MANA fronted at every hui to oppose the sales and thats been bloody great for the movement said Harawira.

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