Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Tikeitia te wae! Take the Long Stride!

Tikeitia te wae! Take the Long Stride!

Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell has today issued a challenge to all who call this land home – to celebrate the courage of generations.

“I am thinking particularly of a woman of Ngā Wairiki/Ngāti Apa; Nga Rauru; Whanganui, Tuwharetoa who ten years ago stood at Ratana Pa, and took a long stride forwards.”

At 3pm on 30th April 2004, Tariana Turia returned to Ratana to tell the people of her decision to cross the floor, and stand against the Foreshore and Seabed Bill.

“It was an action which resonated in the hearts and memories of whānau throughout this land, who admired the pluck and courage of a woman to stand up for what was right,” said Mr Flavell.

“We need to tell our histories, share our stories to inspire and mobilise our younger generation into knowing we can create change in our lives.”

“It would be a fantastic thing if right across the country at 3pm today, people take time to share a story of courage and strength.”

The concept of Tikeitia te wae comes from a Ngāti Apa waiata which talked about the story of Hau – who in his journeys, traversed the west coast and named all the rivers from Whenuakura (south of Patea) right through to Porirua.

“In many ways, before Tariana made her historic decision on the 30th April 2004, she pursued that same pathway – gaining courage, strength and commitment from the whānau, hapū and iwi of Te Tai Hauāuru as she sought her direction about what they wanted her to do.”

After that hui at Ratana, the late Sir Archie Te Atawhai Taiaroa approached the Prime Minister of the day, Helen Clark, and informed her that Mrs Turia would resign from Labour and vote against the foreshore and seabed legislation.

"What their courage teaches us is to believe in ourselves. To believe that we can create change on our own terms, as whanau and as Māori."

"That is what Tariana's stance ten years ago was for. That is what the Māori Party was born from and that is still our purpose," said Mr Flavell.

“All of us have stories to share about the impact of the 30 April decision – and indeed – the impact of the courage of others before her who also took long strides forward in the interests of their people. Tariana remembers in particular the bold stance taken by former MP Georgina Beyer, who joined her on that historic day; even though it was possibly detrimental to her career.”

“Over the last ten years the Māori Party has brought the focus of attention in Parliament to the vast range of champions that are speaking up for change – whether it be in enabling good lives in the disability sector; in addressing gambling harm; in protecting our environment; or, as recently as the last 24 hours, in supporting families ravaged by the harm of synthetic drugs.”

“Every day is another opportunity to take a leap of faith, to advance the interests of the people – and the Māori Party will always readily take up this challenge.

"The hikoi brought us together as tangata whenua, and the Māori Party want us to continue that hikoi to Parliament to make our voices count and ensure our courage can make a difference for our next generation."

Tikeitia te wae!


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)

Public Summaries:


Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Pre-Signing: Gordon Campbell On The TPP Countdown

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news