Harawira: Maori Party are 'house n****rs'
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 8:08a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has launched a stinging attack on the Government over its decision not to attend a national hui on water rights.
Writing on Facebook last night, Mr Harawira implied the Maori Party was controlled and led by Prime Minister John Key.
"Notice how John Key says none of his Maori MPs are allowed to go to the National Maori Hui on Water ... and two minutes later Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples say that they're not going," says Mr Harawira.
"Not hard to see who's the REAL leader of the Maori Party!"
Maori Party leaders Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia have said they are unlikely to attend the hui at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia, which is expected to be the biggest gathering of Maori in decades.
"Time John Key realised a few home truths like (1) he can tell his little house n****rs what to do, but (2) the rest of us don't give a shit for him or his opinions!" writes Mr Harawira.
The term, coined by African-American activist Malcolm X, is used to describe a slave whose relative level of comfort (compared to other slaves) leads them to supporting the power structures which keep them in slavery.
"Oh yeah, and Mr Prime Minister ... when you say that there won't be a national hui on water, please understand that if we want a national hui we're going to have one. OK? And when you say you're not coming, please note ... nobody invited you anyway!!"
Mr Harawira says it's likely criticism from Maori will see Dr Sharples and Ms Turia change their minds, or at least send Te Ururoa Flavell along to the hui.
"They'll have to clear it with John Key first though," writes Mr Harawira, "but if they come I'll still be happy to see them - they need to see how pissed off everyone is with these asset sales."
The comments attracted hundreds of comments, debating whether the use of the term "house n****rs" was appropriate or offensive.
Mr Key has ruled out meeting the Maori Council or attending the hui, saying the Government will deal with water rights on an iwi-by-iwi basis.
The Maori Council says it is "99 percent likely" they will use court action if the Government ignores the Waitangi Tribunal's rulings.
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12/09/2012 11:49:32 a.m.
MAL. We also have the choice to admit the stupidity of such fanciful action and unite with the more than 70% other New Zealanders who don't want to sell off any part of state assets and create a combined front on the issue. All the negative nonsense about the ridiculous claim to ownership of water and air is doing is creating a side show division which is what the Govt probably wants. Even though the radicals aim seems to be to create division as in divide and conquer, all they are unwittingly doing is helping the Govt cause. If Labour had the gonads to say they would buy back any assets sold, that would hinder buyers being interested in any shares in the first place, and likely bring things to a halt.
10/09/2012 3:20:59 p.m.
Maori have a choice. Take it to court. Dont mess round. Let key stew.
10/09/2012 10:34:50 a.m.
Hone. As with any hui, people are free to attend in their own capacity rather than represent an official line. Pita, Tiriana or Te Ururoa cannot attend as Government ministers but can as members of the Maori Party and speak on behalf of their members only after they have had time to consult with us. To comment before that happens is not an option except to offer personal opinions. They should be respected if only to be there to listen. Me whakarite tatau i nga hiahiatanga o o tatau pakeke.
10/09/2012 8:42:12 a.m.
Hone J wrote:
As a Maori Party member I will be disappointed if our leaders in parliament don't attend the hui at Ngaruawahia. It does seem that they are obeying the PM. I urge them to attend regardless and front up to the people over such important issues.
10/09/2012 5:45:15 a.m.
The National Government cannot afford to ignored the rights to water but 'Signed and Sealed' the Maori right of way to Iwis Treasures, but to
delayed or ignored the settlement can only causes further damages to New Zealand and people..
The above mentioned is SIMPLE that can repaired itself but dragging to nowhere
end up nowhere but a waste of time and the taxpayers money..
9/09/2012 10:34:29 a.m.
Seems some people don't have a brain in their heads and are fixated on the wrong issues. Like everyone else, Electricity companies wont own the water and don't need to. The turbines only use water PRESSURE and not a single drop of water is consumed, wasted or sold because the water all passes through and out the other side completely intact in the same volume as before to flow on to where-ever it goes for anyone else to use if they wish to.
9/09/2012 9:40:44 a.m.
@ MEL. Key cannot sell the power companies without the water rights, that's why he wants them. That's why he is so desperate. And it doesn't even matter to him that 80% of the people including economists are against these sales. By his own definition he is trying to polarise the country to get his way. He wants to make sure that he get those rights, and that no one else does and if he gets his greedy dirty hands on them, they will get sold offshore quicker than a blink of an eye. Maori aren't saying that they own the water, what they are doing is claiming rights to it, just like key wants to do, just like the councils do, just like those wealthy few who are buying up water rights all around the world are doing (imagine the power and monopoly that they will have in the very near future, remember there is less than 3% of fresh water in the world). Its imperative that we keep ours in NZ hands. key is going to end up in court, that's inevitable considering his attitude and I think Maori have a good case to win it, and I think key knows that and is trying to get way via the back door but ts not going to work this time.
9/09/2012 9:15:06 a.m.
Key cannot sell the power companies without the water rights, that's why he wants them. That's why he is so desperate. And it doesn't even matter to him that 80% of the people including economists are against these sales. By his own definition he is trying to polarise the country to get his way. He wants to make sure that he get those rights, and that no one else does and if he gets his greedy dirty hands on them, they will get sold offshore quicker than a blink of an eye. Maori aren't saying that they own the water, what they are doing is claiming rights to it, just like key wants to do, just like the councils do, just like those wealthy few who are buying up water rights all around the world are doing (imagine the power and monopoly that they will have in the very near future, remember there is less than 3% of fresh water in the world). Its imperative that we keep ours in NZ hands. key is going to end up in court, that's inevitable considering his attitude and I think Maori have a good case to win it, and I think key knows that and is trying to get way via the back door but ts not going to work this time.
8/09/2012 12:25:31 p.m.
Jason Ryder wrote:
I am amazed by the fact that Tari stood up at the Cutting Edge Conferece and stressed the importance of wai,waiora,wairua and waipiro,and by not attending the hui on Wai (Wa i Wa meaning=Place. i meaning=Energy,Place of energy and to me this is the paramount takahia i runga i te Manawhenua by Mr Keys and his cohorts be it the Maori Party or otherwise and I daresat that they should learn the culture of the people that is the people of the land before they start disecting and selling off their land as I have had the privilige of giong and learning Te Reo free at Te Wananga O Aotearoa but I hear the Government is going to make that User Pay's as well which means they must be really hard up for cash and even selling off all Housing New Zealand Property to me I thought that they were State Owned i.e by me and all the Taxpayers or am I dreaming so to all this I say E mihi ki a koe Hone mo to mahi e tuatoko au ki to whakaaro me te Take e whai ana.
7/09/2012 9:00:37 a.m.
We look to u as a king rules his country,we appreciate wot comes from the makings of parents whom showed u leadership during the time u were a baby to going to get the best education thea was @ that time.we want to let u know we care keep the push for the state that this country is not in for the sakes of ur people even those whom struggle to live in this country we need the pakeha as well to keep an even flow and to keep our country stable,nobody else cares. Talk to parata and let her know no amount of money can compensate for love in the home
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