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Māori Party Farewells Madiba Nelson Mandela


6 December 2013

Māori Party Farewells Madiba Nelson Mandela

E ngā iwi o te ao whānui! Tuohu mai te ūpoko! Kua moe te raiona, te rangatira o Awherika!

Madiba! Kua haere koe! Kua mutu tō hīkoi roa, kua wetekina katoatia ngā here o te ture tangata. Hoki atu ki ō tīpuna. Takahia atu rā te ara whānui a Tāne, karere kore ki muri. Haere ki te Pō! Haere ki te Pō!

I te tāmitanga o ō iwi Madiba, i te muranga o te ahi kai tangata, ko koe te pou i iri ai te whakapono, te tūmanako me te aroha. I a koe te rangatiratanga o tō whenua, nāu ngā iwi pakanga i whakakotahi i runga anō i te aroha o tētahi ki tētahi.

Ehara i te ringa kaha i pērā ai, ēngari nā tō ngākau mahaki, to ngākau arohanui i taea ai te rangatiratanga. Mo mātou ko ngā iwi o Aotearoa iti nei, ko koe te reo karanga o te kotahitanga, i ora ai mātou i ngā mate kaikiri i tēnei whenua.

Waimarie mātou i a koe Madiba, ina kite mātou i te teiteitanga, i te whānuitanga, i te hōhonutanga o te mana tangata. Hei tauira koe mo ngā iwi o te ao. E te whānau, ka nui te tangi ki a koutou i tēnei wā. Kua matua kore koutou, otirā tātou katoa ko ngā iwi o te ao. Kua whakarērea tātou, kua pani. Auē, te mamae!

The Māori Party’s voices are raised in unison to lament the passing of the great Madiba Nelson Mandela, former president of the Republic of South Africa.

“We share the sorrow of his final departure with Madiba’s family, with South Africa, and with all peoples of the world who have lost a great leader,” said the three MPs.

“He has reached the end of his long walk to freedom, and will now join his ancestors,” said Te Ururoa Flavell.

“Haere rā, haere atu rā!”

“During the years of oppression when violence raged in South Africa, he inspired his people to maintain faith, hope and love,” said Tariana Turia.

“He achieved victory for his nation, not through force, but through humility and respect for others.”

“Even in Aotearoa, his rallying call for unity helped us in our own efforts to overcome racism and separatism,” said Dr Pita Sharples.

“We can feel honoured to have known Madiba, who embodied the heights, the breadth and the depth of mana tangata – human dignity and personal authority.”

“I met Nelson Mandela, along with many other Māori and Pākehā New Zealanders in 1995, when he came to Aotearoa. We presented him with a taiaha, and together we blessed it. It was a real honour, and I will always treasure that memory,” said Dr Sharples.

“Our thoughts are with his family and all peoples of South Africa, and we urge them to pursue Madiba’s dreams for the well-being of future generations,” said the MPs.


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