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Hone Harawira - On The Move

Hone Harawira - On The Move

Article in AA Directions Magazine | Spring 2008

My life as an MP is full of travel. On an electorate day, I usually attend a lot of meetings and events from the North Shore and Waitakere right up to the Far North. Sometimes I hitch-hike around my electorate, especially in the summer.

On a Parliament sitting week, I drive to Kaitaia Airport, catch a plane to Auckland, then another to Wellington, then a taxi to Parliament.

I’m well aware of the peak oil crisis and the urgent need to respond to climate change by reducing vehicle emissions, and the Maori Party’s transport policies are designed to address these duals challenges.

These policies affect my travels in terms of using fuel-efficient transport services where available, including rental cars and taxis and insuring I leave places early so I don’t exceed 90km – the most fuel-efficient travelling speed for the open road.

For any meetings in and around Wellington, I mostly walk.

Coming from the most stunning place in New Zealand (Kaitaia), there’s really no need for my family and I to go vacationing anywhere else around the country. Also, being a Maori MP with heaps of work to do, I don’t get the time to go vacationing.

My daughter, who lives in Hamilton, usually car-pools with her relations when she comes home. Our family understands the environmental importance of reducing the number of vehicles on the road, which now benefits the pocket a great deal, too.

There is no regular public transport from my rural home to Kaitaia town ship. It is a priority for Maori party that regular, accessible public transport initiatives be developed through out the country- including rural towns and communities.

Our family would certainly use a bus service, if available. At this stage, however, my wife and I are looking to invest in a fuel-efficient and low emissions family vehicle.


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