HOBSON’S LEGACY IS NOT HOBSON’S PLEDGE
Mon 18 Sept 2017
“Hobson's Pledge is an-anti Māori hate group with a fixation on white supremacy” said MANA leader Hone Harawira “and they have NO place in Aotearoa society”
“I’ve stood aside to see whether another Māori leader is up to carry this fight, but clearly not” said Harawira “so I am sending a clear message to Don Brash and his crew that MANA will lead the fight against the racist practices espoused by Hobson's Pledge”
“This is not just some old white guys ranting against Māori “gains” said Harawira “Hobson’s Pledge are actively campaigning against the status of tangata whenua, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Reo Māori.
“Hobson’s Pledge are actively funding organisations that promote the same messages of race hatred, based on their perceived loss of money and loss of white privilege”
It has taken 177 years for Māori to win small gains and we must never retreat” said Harawira, “and for anyone to expect us to be satisfied about being third-class citizens in their own homeland is a joke.
“William Hobson's legacy in the Far North is his many mokopuna Māori leading campaigns for Te Reo Māori and health. Get over yourselves Don Brash. Aotearoa has more important issues to worry about.
ENDS: for further information, contact Hone Harawira on 021 865 372
Ngā mihi o te wā ki a tātou katoa i raro i te manākitanga o te Kaihanga me te rangimarie ki waenganui i a tātou.
The kawenata between the MANA Movement and the Māori Party in February this year showed political maturity by signalling their willingness to put their 2011 differences aside to work together for the good of MĀORIDOM. Tukuroirangi Morgan effortlessly wove together both organisations for the sake of Kotahitanga and the survival of the two near likeminded rōpū. The shared tikanga and responsibilities to Māori people are more binding than the positions that set them apart.
It is important to note that John Key’s manoeuvre to bring onside three minor parties to ensure a majority government was a clever move in the MMP environment. This will be a minimum requirement for future governments to take on board- a kaupapa Māori relationship. Yes , major parties could listen to their own Māori MPs- but history shows they don’t otherwise the Foreshore and Seabed Act would never have gone ahead. Yes, we also accept the heartfelt apologies of all former Māori Labour MPs who voted for the FSSB.
It has also been interesting in the debates, how National, Act and United Future have quoted kaupapa Māori gains as “theirs.“
Both MANA & Māori present an opportunity to create a bigger Māori bloc in the parliamentary arena in the upcoming election. The outcome of September 23rd will determine the future of the relationship between MANA and Māori.
The big question – is Māoridom ready to see MANA - Māori as the key brokers for building a government? Most commentators always default to the 2 big players. But actually the smaller friends network are able to cobble together partnerships to influence political direction.
The Takutai Moana – foreshore and seabed debacle is about to be replayed in the Wai domain. The same arguments from 2004, are being echoed in the debate “who owns the water?” National says “no one “ owns the water, Labour says “everyone “owns the water, MANA – Māori say “Māori” own the water. Watch this space.
This election has been incredibly tough on Māori MPs. Hone Harawira, has built an admirable campaign from scratch and with nil resources from outside parliament. The Ture Whenua amendment campaign created angst in the Māori psyche and admirably with relief it was lifted by Te Ururoa but it will have cost some votes.
Under Andrew Little, the first Māori MP in Labour’s line at number 16 was lawyer Willow Jean Prime. Labour’s Māori Campaign Manager Willie Jackson was able to secure Kelvin Davis to number 2 on the list, to appease some public ill feeling about the demotion of their Māori MPs. Let’s hope it is not a temporary move just to get through the elections.
Metiria Turei a very popular Māori woman leader was ousted by media trial following an admission she flatted with friends while on the benefit. The boys were ok, both Bill English and Winston Peters reimbursing the overpayments, one challenging court action on a snitch. Mika from TOP would have been the best advocate in parliament for fighting youth suicide but unfortunately some internal selection panel relegated him 10th.
Regardless of the outcome between the major parties this Saturday MANA- Māori will need to consider their ongoing relationship with each other, their succession plans, the role and imput of youth and women, a constant and relevant media arm to inform Māoridom of the gains as well as networking with other Māori and awesome MPs in mainstream parties.
MANA-Māori movement must be listening to the people all the time. Multi levels of poverty cause all kinds of grief in our communities. Reo and Tikanga Māori will heal some of the disconnectedness our people suffler. Solutions from the people have greater momentum than those imposed from bureaucracy. Continue the dialogues.
However you still have to ask, why do Māori default to the big parties?
Why do political commentators suggest MANA- Māori is an appendage to Labour or National? Worse, why do we Māori swallow the rhetoric?
At the end of the day, we will have to weigh up the short and long term outcomes.
Tai Tokerau Vote Hone
30 years ago LABOUR started selling off our nation’s assets and privatising government services like health, education, welfare and housing. When NATIONAL got in they carried it on - stripping services and support that people need to make it through the tough times. Today we have massive unemployment, skyrocketing rent and power prices, a crisis in homelessness, 280,000 children living in poverty and 40,000 admitted to hospital every year, record levels of family and sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, and deepening and unacceptable levels of poverty.
MANA says swapping the blue blanket for the red one won’t change a thing.
MANA is calling for a revolution in political thinking; a return to the days when people were more important than profit. And we recommend starting out with some simple fix ups first, like:
Feed the Kids: Give every child a free breakfast and lunch at school every day. Whatever the problems of the parents, the kids shouldn’t have to suffer.
House the Homeless: Labour and National want to build “affordable” houses, but MANA’s focus is on building homes for low-income families which will help address a host of other social problems at the same time
Rebuild our communities: People have been unemployed too long - put them back to work rebuilding our communities: fixing up the marae, the school, community hall, neighbourhoods, community gardens etc. It worked in the 80’s when unemployment was high. It’s worse today.
Reboot the economy: Get Northlands MPs to take a case to government to invest $50 million in Tai Tokerau to help redress the economic desolation caused by their stupidity.
Renew our social commitment: And make government invest $50 million to help rebuild Māori communities in Tai
Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan has shared a stage in Whangarei with Hone Harawira to urge Maori Party supporters in Te Taitokerau to give their electorate votes to the Mana candidate.
They were pushing the message voters could get two MPs in the electorate as incumbent Kelvin Davis is number two on the Labour Party list, although the pitch did not include a call for voters to give their party votes to Labour.
Mr Morgan says the agreement the parties signed that resulted in Mana not standing in any of the other Maori seats includes practical support.
"We will put boots on the ground to deliver pamphlets. We will work with the Mana Party to try to get Hone back in the Taitokerau seat as he will travel with me around this country in our campaign bus to get his supporters in Mana behind every Maori (Party) candidate who is standing for the Maori seats across this country," he says.
Mr Morgan is counting on tens of thousands of votes from the arrangement.
- our thanks to Waatea News
LABOUR’S GOING TO GIVE BACK THE FORESHORE & SEABED … NOT
Press Release: 29 August 2017
“I hear Labour’s got a big announcement to make this morning.
“I hope it’s to say they’re sorry for stealing our Foreshore and Seabed and that they’re going to give it back.
“If they’re not going to give back what they stole, they shouldn’t try bullshitting us that they care …”
Contact Hone Harawira on 021 865 372 for further information
Kia ora koutou,
Comments by the Maori King, Kingi Tuheitia, that he favoured a strong relationship between the Maori Party and the MANA Movement as the representative voice for Maori in the political world, were welcomed by MANA leader Hone Harawira.
“The principle of kotahitanga, of unity, is a core element of MANA’s very existence” said Harawira. “It’s a principle I addressed in my first interview as a MANA MP, it’s a principle I have adhered to in all public comments about working with the Maori Party, and it’s the reason why I was comfortable meeting with the Maori Party President last month to talk about possible arrangements running up to Election 2017”
“How that rolls out over the next few months is a matter to be addressed by the presidents of both MANA and Maori, but I look forward to seeing what they come up with”
“I also commend the King for his call to Maori leaders to play “a large part” in resolving issues such as drug abuse, crime, the high prison population, reintegration, poor health, homelessness, poverty and unemployment, and in leading the charge for the preservation of our language and culture.”
“But building a decent society based on the Treaty of Waitangi and ensuring a “Maori share in New Zealand’s sovereignty by 2025” also means stopping the current government’s agenda of allowing the rich to get richer at the expense of the poor and the dispossessed, and selling off the nation’s assets before we even get a sniff of that sovereignty” said Harawira
“Interesting times ahead” said Harawira. “On a more personal note, it’s good to see Tuheitia speaking at the Koroneihana. I know he’s not been too well lately, and I wish him all the best with the challenges he faces.