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2005 Candidate Profile Fact Sheet - Hone Harawira

2005 Candidate Profile Fact Sheet

Hone Harawira
Maori Party
Tai Tokerau
Occupation: CEO
Age: 50
Campaign manager: Hilda Halkyard Harawira

1 Personal details attached
2 Background attached
3 Key issues attached
4 Portfolios attached


Name Hone Pani Tamati Waka Nene Harawira

Age 50 [06 Jan 55]

Marital status Married

Children 7

Grandchildren 2

- Born in Whangarei and raised in West Auckland, Hone attended St Stephens School and Auckland University, but learnt most of his skills in the work force and the ranks of the Maori Protest Movement.
- Hone says he draws his inspiration from people like Muhammad Ali, Syd Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Maori Marsden, his mum and his wife.
- From them Hone says has learnt the need for strength, commitment, wisdom and vision - attributes that he has always tried to apply to his roles with whanau, work and community development.
- Hone has sharpened his skills and built the networks necessary to be a positive contributor to the revitalisation of the Maori world.
- In his actions and his deeds, Hone has already shown the courage needed to achieve results for Maori.
- His goal is to help Maori people achieve their tino rangatiratanga.

HONE is a strong family man with deep roots in Tai Tokerau:
- His mother is a descendant of Ngati Hau, Ngati Wai, Ngati Hine;
- His father is from Aupouri, Ngapuhi & Ngati Whatua;
- His real strength, his wife Hilda, is from Ngati Haua in Te Rarawa;
- They have 7 children and 2 mokopuna [1 Tuhoe, 1 Samoan];
- They live in Waimanoni, amongst their Ngaitakoto relations.

HONE has had a long involvement in the fight for Maori rights:
- Member of Nga Tamatoa who led the fight for Reo Maori in schools;
- Stood with Ngati Whatua during their occupation of Bastion Point;
- Leader and spokesperson of the Waitangi Action Committee, who laid the foundation for legislative recognition of Treaty rights;
- Leader of He Taua, the group which ended years of student racism at Auckland University;
- Leader of the Patu Squad which opposed the Springbok Tour;
- Organiser of the Kotahitanga hikoi from Turangawaewae to Waitangi;
- Founding member of the Kawariki, the Far North group responsible for maintaining pressure on the government to recognise Maori rights;
- Leader of the Foreshore & Seabed Hikoi, the the country's largest ever demonstration, Maoridom's greatest expression of unity to stop racist legislation, and the event which launched the Maori Party.

Over the last 20 years, HONE has held the following jobs:
- Manager Aupouri Ngati Kahu Te Rarawa Trust;
- Manager Aupouri Maori Trust Board;
- Manager Te Reo Irirangi O Te Hiku O Te Ika;
- CEO Tehiku Media.

HONE has also had a strong hand in guiding other organisations:
- Founder Hui Whakataetae;
- Founder Te Reo Irirangi O Te Hiku O Te Ika;
- Founder Far North Iwi Working Group;
- Initiator Kotahitanga Tribal Forum;
- Author Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika Trust Deed;
- Writer Te Reo O Te Kawariki Media Series;
- Director Te Wananga Ta Moko;
- Chairman Far North Rugby League;
- Chairman Rangaunu Sports Club;
- Chairman Te Wananga Reo O Te Tai Tokerau;
- Chairman Aniwaniwa Kokiri;
- Chairman Aniwaniwa Kohanga Reo;
- Chairman Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Rangi Aniwaniwa;
- Chairman Te Wharekura O Te Rangi Aniwaniwa;
- Chairman Te Wananga O Te Rangi Aniwaniwa;
- Chairman Te Puna Wai;
- Chairman Tehiku Sports Foundation.

HONE's work has also been noted at national level:
- Member Te Mangai Paho
- Chairman Whakaruruhau
- Chairman Te Putahi Paoho

HONE has played a major role in building the Maori Party:
- In May 2004 he ran the Hikoi which launched the Maori Party;
- In June he ran the tour which set up the first 4 branches in Tai Tokerau;
- In July he helped write the Constitution for the Maori Party;
- In September 2004 he was nominated for the Tai Tokerau seat by the Te Hiku Branch, which now numbers more than 1000 members;
- In February 2005 he was confirmed as the Tai Tokerau candidate.

HONE's strengths include:
- a proven commitment to Maori social, political & economic development;
- can take an idea from vision to planning, to management, to completion;
- good speaker of Maori [oral and written];
- very good health [paddler, non-drinker, non-smoker, anti-drug];
- focus on peoples self-development to realise project outcomes;
- work with people at all levels and from all backgrounds;
- excellent Maori networks - rangatahi, wahine and kaumatua;
- positive relationship with iwi leaders throughout the country;
- ongoing working knowledge of the public sector;
- strong relationship with MP's across all political boundaries;

- The lack of trust that Maori people have in the Labour Party
- The desire for an independent Maori voice in Parliament
- The Treaty
- The Foreshore and Seabed
- Education
- Health
- Jobs
- Economic Development
- Housing

- Broadcasting, because of his extensive background
- Hone also has very strong interests in Health, Education, the Treaty, and Economic Development.
- He will accept other Portfolios as determined by the Maori Party Council and Caucus.


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