I haven’t written about Hone Harawira’s dumping by the Maori Party as a result, supposedly, of telling Aotearoa that this government hasn’t been great for Maori in a newspaper article. Gordon Campbell called his article “generous and balanced”, Andrew Geddis, “a bomb”.
I’m siding with Gordon on this one – what is there to argue with when Hone says:
We’ve worked hard and a lot of the things we’ve achieved simply wouldn’t have happened without the Maori Party: the review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act (albeit with the possibility that it will be replaced by an equally anti-Maori one); recognition of the Maori flag; qualified approval of the UN Declaration of the rights of Indigenous Peoples; the Tobacco Inquiry and the two tobacco bills; and Whanau Ora.
The downside of being in government with National is having to put up with all the anti-worker, anti-beneficiary and anti-environment (and therefore anti-Maori) legislation that comes as a natural consequence of having a right-wing government.
As Rawiri Taonui points out, not only is Hone correct in fact in much he asserts in this article, but the committee who decided on his fate was at best unrepresentative and at worst nepotistic.
I haven’t written because I haven’t enjoyed watching this one bit. Not only is Hone Harawira someone I respect despite in terms of his community work and integrity of stance if not his rants at times, but I had been hoping a Party holding to kaupapa Maori process might respect it’s own letterhead.
All the reasons why they did not – Hone’s continued mana trampling, Pakeha media fascination in the train wreck, lack of political experience in dealing with this kind of thing – pale for me in comparison with what feels like the bottom line. Power.
Which is why I’m fascinated by recent claims from Party President Pem Bird about the Takutai Moana Bill:
Comprehensive consultation over recent weeks have confirmed overwhelming support for the Bill in all electorates.
It is still being claimed that there is little support for the Bill and that division and disharmony run deep in the Party. This show of solidarity however not only gives lie to those claims but reveals tight unity, inner strength and a steely resolve in the Party at large which bodes well for our future prospects ahead.
All following the official Maori Party line that they are keeping their promise to get rid of the hated Foreshore and Seabed Act.
I have no idea how the Maori Party consultation hui went. But the most recent national poll on the Takutai Moana Bill has just 11% of Maori finding it acceptable. And Ngati Kahungungu chair Ngahiwi Tomoana asked the Maori Party to withdraw it’s support at their very own Annual General Meeting last year.
Worse still for Maori Party claims, a summary of 72 submissions on the Bill to the Maori Affairs Select Committee from marae, hapu, iwi, Maori land owners, organisations and collectives has been prepared by Kaitiaki o te Takutai. One submission supported the Bill, the rest wanted it amended substantially or withdrawn completely.* Their concerns include a failure by the new Bill to recognise and provide for mana; continuing original confiscation with the introduction of “common space”; setting use and occupation proofs too high; limiting content of customary marine title; introducing a costly, adversarial and complicated court process; continuing to be discriminatory to Maori and continuing to breach Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga Maori, common law principles and international human rights guidelines such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
At what stage are Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples going to acknowledge the very widespread dislike of the compromise Bill, let alone the impact of the National-led government’s other policies on Maori? They do not have the mandate they are claiming.
* Here’s the list of submissions by electorate (some cross boundaries but are listed only once):
Te Tai Tokerau
1) Hapū of Ahipara: oppose bill, start process again to recognise ahi ka
2) Ahipara Hāpu Environmental Protection Group: oppose bill, start new process
3) Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa: oppose bill, seek rights through Māori Land Court
4) Waipuna marae, Te Rarawa: oppose bill
5) Wai 2003 claimants on behalf of Ngāti Korokoro, Ngāti Wharara and Te Pouka, nga hapū o te wahapū o te Hokianga nui-ā-Kupe: oppose bill
6) Hokianga collective of hapū: oppose bill, explore tipuna title to resolve issue
7) Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kahu: oppose bill
8) Kuia of Ngapuhi Nui Tonu and Ngāti Rahiri ki Waitangi: oppose bill
9) Waikare Māori Committee on behalf of Te Kapotai hapū, Bay of Islands: amendment
10) Ngāti Kuta me Patukeha ki Te Rawhiti: oppose aspects, further conversation to recognise mana whenua and mana moana
11) Ngāti Rahiri ki Waitangi and Ngāti Manu ki Kororareka: unable to view
12) Te Maara a Hineamaru (formerly Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hine): oppose bill
13) Te Rūnanga A Iwi o Ngapuhi: oppose bill, start again to find enduring solution
14) Ngātiwai Trust Board: amendment
15) Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board: oppose bill
16) Te Hapū o Ngāti Rēhia: oppose bill, work together to find lasting solution
17) Ngāti Whatua ki Kaipara: amendment
18) Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust: amendment
1) Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua: oppose bill
1) Ngaitai Iwi: oppose bill, find new way forward
2) Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc: amendment, longer conversation needed
3) Hauraki Māori Trust Board: oppose bill
4) Tainui hapū of Whaingaroa: oppose bill, engagement with Māori needed
5) Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo: oppose bill, work together to find solution
6) Nga Tai o Kawhia Regional Management Committee: oppose bill
7) Wai 788 hapū claimants Te Rohe Potae: oppose bill, amendment
1) Te Rūnanga o Ngai Te Rangi Iwi Trust: oppose in parts, amendment
2) Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ranginui Iwi Inc Society: oppose bill, amendment
3) Te Rōpū Whakamana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Ranginui: oppose bill, amendment
4) Ngāti Te Wai, hapū of Ngāti Ranginui: oppose bill, amendment
5) Ngāti Taka, hapū of Ngāti Ranginui: oppose bill, amendment
6) Ngāti Ruahine, hapū of Ngāti Ranginui: oppose bill, amendment
7) Ngai Tamarawaho, hapū of Ngāti Ranginui: oppose bill, amendment
8) Ngāti Hangarau, hapū of Ngāti Ranginui: oppose bill, amendment
9) Pirirakau, hapū of Ngāti Ranginui: oppose bill, amendment
10) Ngāti Ranginui Fisheries Trust: oppose bill, amendment
11) Maketu Taiapure Committee of Management: oppose bill
12) Ngāti Makino: oppose bill, meaningful engagement to settle issue
13) Ngāti Kohokino, hapū of Ngāti Pukenga and Te Whānau Whero o Ngāti He: amendment
14) Ngāti Rangitihi Raupatu Trust Inc: amendment
15) Te Arawa Lakes Trust: amendment
16) Te Rūnanga o Te Whānau on behalf of hapū of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui: oppose bill, broader solution from Treaty-based longer conversation
1) Ruawaipu Tribal Authority: oppose bill
2) Kaimoho A1 and other blocks Inc, Ruatoria: oppose bill
3) Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Porou: support bill
4) Te Aitanga-ā-Hauiti Iwi Inc: amendment, further conversation needed
5) Ngai Tamanuhiri Whānui Trust: oppose bill, amendment (Treaty Tribes Coalition submission)6) Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc: oppose bill, longer conversation consistent with Te Tiriti
7) Ngāti Pahauwera Development Trust: amendment
8) Te Hika o Papauma hapū, Wairarapa: amendment, further conversation with hapū
Te Tai Hauāuru
1) Marokopa marae, Ngāti Kinohaku, Ngāti Peeti, Ngāti Te Kanawa: amendment, more discussion with hapū needed
2) Maniapoto Māori Trust Board: amendment
3) Maniapoto ki Te Raki Regional Claims Forum: oppose bill
4) Te Pakakohi: oppose bill, inquiry needed
5) Ngā Rauru Kiitahi: amendment, more engagement needed
6) Whanganui River Trust Board: amendment
7) Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui Trust: oppose bill
8) Rangitaane o Manawatu: oppose bill, longer conversation for shared understanding
9) Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Inc: oppose bill
Te Tai Tonga
1) Ngāti Koata Trust Board: oppose bill, amendment
2) Ngāti Tama Manawhenua ki Te Tau Ihu Trust: oppose bill, amendment
3) Te Atiawa Manawhenua ki Te Tau Ihu Trust: oppose bill, amendment
4) Puketapu and Onauku hapū, Arapaoa, Totaranui: oppose bill, amendment
5) Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu: oppose bill, amendment
6) Te Rūnanganui o Waitaha me Maata Waka Inc: oppose bill, amendment
7) Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka: oppose bill, amendment
8) Waihopai Rūnaka: oppose bill
Pan-iwi / Māori organisations
1) Treaty Tribes Coalition (Hauraki Māori Trust Board, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc, Ngai Tamanuhiri Whānui Trust, Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu): oppose bill, amendment
2) Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa: oppose bill
3) Federation of Māori Authorities: oppose bill, amendment
4) Ngai Tahu Māori Law Centre: oppose bill, amendment
5) Te Tai Tokerau Electorate of Māori Party: oppose bill, establish group to develop replacement bill
6) Te Upoko o te Ika branch, Māori Party: oppose bill.