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Haka Sets the Scene for ‘Enough is Enough’

Haka Sets the Scene for ‘Enough is Enough’

Next Monday’s ‘Enough is Enough’ mass gathering at Parliament will be the scene of one of the largest haka ever performed on the grounds.

More than 350 men are expected to participate in protest against anti family and anti marriage legislation including the proposed Civil Union Bill and the Prostitution Law Reform Bill.

“Fatherlessness is a huge issue in NZ especially among Maori. By putting our men forward we’re reasserting ourselves as heads of the family unit,” says haka co-ordinator, Hemi Te Wano (Tainui/Ngati Tuwharetoa). “This haka also issues a challenge to the Government and their laws which are causing the breakdown of whanau.”

Haka composer, Stan Green (Ngati Porou/Ngapuhi), says he’s aware Christian kapa haka is unusual, but haka has always been in his blood. Stan is a direct descendant of Ngati Porou haka composer, Reweti Totorewa Green, and the great, great grand nephew of prominent Ngati Porou leader, land reformer and politician, Sir Apirana Ngata.

“Apirana encouraged Maori to align our wairua (spirit) to God, the creator of all things in his whakatauki (proverb) E Tipu E Rea so we will perform next week’s haka with the Holy Spirit,” says Stan. “Our weapons of warfare are not carnal – they are spiritual – but the message will be very political.”

The ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign continues to grow strongly in a stand for family values, the institution of marriage and the wellbeing of children. Hundreds of supporters from around the country will march in a protest from Wellington’s Civic Square to parliament grounds. This will be followed by speeches from Trevor Yaxley of Lifeway Ministries; Pastor Paul De Jong, Senior Minister of Auckland’s Christian Life Centre; Ewen McQueen, leader of the Christian Heritage NZ Political Party; Reverend Tavale Matai’a, Senior Pastor of the Word of Life Church; Richard Lewis, leader of Destiny NZ Political Party and Pastor Brian Tamaki, Senior Pastor of Destiny Churches International.

A website has been set up to provide nationwide access to information about the ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign. Visit http://www.enough.org.nz.

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