Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


A Big Man With a Big Heart

A Big Man With a Big Heart
 
MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira
 
Tribute to Parekura Horomia
 
1 May 2013
 
 
Leader of the MANA Movement and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira has added his tribute to the many others offered to the memory Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia.
 
“Parekura was a big man with a big heart” said Harawira “about whom the saying ‘he gave his heart for his people’ was never truer”.
 
“I first met Parekura when I saw this big Maori guy stranded in Kaitaia 25 years ago” said Harawira. “He looked a bit lost so I invited him back to our family home for the night and we became good mates”.
 
“He repaid the favour a few years later by giving me a job and we’ve been swearing at one another and laughing with one another ever since”.
 
“Much has been made of his distinguished political record, but his real talent was the fact that even people who didn’t agree with him couldn’t help but like the guy” said Harawira. “Parekura was a worker and a proud Coastie and I know how much he was loved in his electorate, but he was popular everywhere”.
 
“I knew he’d had a turn over Christmas and along with other Maori MPs I tried get him to slow down but he wouldn’t listen” said Harawira. “I got home from an overseas trip on Sunday night, and when I heard he was sick I jumped on the first plane out of Kaitaia on Monday afternoon, but by the time I got to his home in Mangatuna, he’d passed away.”
 
“Sir Wira Gardiner was there and we joined with some of Parekura’s whanau in sharing a few hilarious stories about Pare (of which there are likely to be thousands) and I hope to hear a lot more of them when I go back down on Friday for his last night and his funeral on Saturday”.
 
“Funerals are supposed to be solemn and I’m sure Parekura’s will be. But his life was rarely solemn and I intend sharing as many laughs as tears when I send him off” said Harawira.
 
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Open Source // Open Society - Full Coverage

Gordon Campbell:
On The Reserve Bank And Auckland Housing

The ‘crisis – what crisis?’ response by the government to the Auckland housing price bubble is no longer acceptable.

So says Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer – who used unusually frank language in his speech and subsequent interviews yesterday to call for a capital gains tax, and to generally chastise central and local government for their inaction on a threat to the country’s economic health and financial stability.

That threat has been real for some time. The housing price bubble has already created a currency bubble... Undaunted, the government keeps calling this situation a success story. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Bangladesh: GCSB Dragging NZ Into Human Rights Abuses

The New Zealand government should stop providing intelligence assistance to Bangladeshi security agencies that are known to systematically engage in human rights abuses, said the Green Party today. More>>

ALSO:

Troops Heading To Iraq: Government Must Come Clean On Deployment

New Zealanders deserve more than to hear about their troops’ deployment overseas from Australian media, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “News from Australia that Kiwi troops are on their way to Iraq this week is another example of the culture of secrecy and unknown protections around the deployment.” More>>

ALSO:

Image: Strikers And Protestors Join Outside McDonald's

A group of protestors took to McDonald’s Manners St today as a part of the international fast food workers day of action to end zero hour contracts. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Special Education Funds Not Spent

More than $32 million of funding for children with special needs has not been spent by the Government, despite families of children with special needs complaining for years that they’ve been denied the support they deserve. More>>

ALSO:

John Key: Pre-Budget Speech To Business NZ

So this Government will remain relentlessly focused on improving the competitiveness of our economy... We will continue to give businesses a platform to invest, grow and create jobs in the knowledge they will be backed by a clear and consistent government policy programme. More>>

ALSO:

Multimedia: Andrew Little’s Response To John Key’s Pre-Budget Address

Labour Party leader Andrew Little spoke today on John Key’s pre-budget address this afternoon in Wellington. Little said National has had seven years to achieve a surplus and Kiwis have “fufilled their end of the bargain.” More>>

Surplus Baggage: Key Backs Off ‘Artificial Target’

John Key’s attempt to redefine his cornerstone promise of two election campaigns as an artificial target suggests his other promises are works of fiction, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On UE Pass Rates And University Dropout Rates

Houston, there is clearly a problem with (a) the plunge in pass rates for University Entrance qualifications, which has been especially steep among Maori students and also a problem with (b) the failure rates for Maori students among those who reach university... Unfortunately the two problems seem related. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news