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Hone Harawira: Ae Marika!

12 September 2006

Ae Marika!
A column originally published in the Northland Age
By Hone Harawira
Maori Party MP for Tai Tokerau


On Saturday night, I attended the ‘Taurahere o Ngapuhi ki Waitakere Kaumatua and Kuia Ball.’ Heaps of fun and big ups to the organisers for a lovely evening.

And of course, Ngapuhi being Ngapuhi, the evening wouldn’t be complete without them picking their own King and Queen for the evening.

So to great rounds of applause, the man chosen to be King of Ngapuhi for the evening was the world-renowned Ngati Kuri poet, speaker and artist, the legendary Herewini Murupaenga.

That was followed by an announcement that the person chosen to be Queen of Ngapuhi for the night, was a woman of calibre, a writer of great note, a fighter of renown, and a kuia to us all, Saana Murray, from Ngati Kuri.

Hmmmm…said everybody not from Muriwhenua. Yehaa said everyone from the Far North.


Ahhh…thought I wasn’t going to mention it eh? Waihoroi Shortland, ferociously funny and fluent Maori speaker from Ngati Hine reckons, “the problem that non-Maori seem to have when talking about koha, is that they’re all looking at the wrong hand…koha isn’t about the hand that receives it, it’s about the hand that gives it.”

Brilliant. Don’t know why I didn’t say that myself before I leaped into a pot of boiling water.

Happy Birthday!

The Maori Party celebrates a year in Parliament on the 20th of this month, and we’ve got a few things happening.

- We’re putting our very first bill into the ballot, and to no-one’s surprise, it’s going to be the ‘Bill to Repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act.’

- Ngati Whatua have carved a massive MATAU, a giant fish-hook, out of kauri. They’re bringing it down as their thank you for our first year ' s work.

- I’m launching my website so that everyone can see what I’m getting up to, what I’m talking about and where I’m going to be. Oh yes…and there’s also a chat room so people can abuse me directly, rather than just mutter under their breath.

- We’re also hoping to arrange a special ‘Karakia at 10’ for those who can’t make it; a way for people to down tools or down pens, and gather together for a short karakia of thanks for the first year in the House, and for safe passage of the bill through parliament.

If you want to come down, ring 09 4081800 (Kaitaia) or 0800 TOKERAU (if you’re not lucky enough to live in the Sunshine State) and we’ll see if we can squeeze you into one of the vehicles coming down for the birthday.

Te Hiku Office

I must have some Te Rarawa blood in me. You know how I said that they were noted for being kinda slow and methodical? Well yesterday I finally got round to opening my office in Kaitaia – a year after I got into Parliament.

Hone Harawira
Maori Party MP for Te Tai Tokerau


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