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

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.

It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.
More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Tea Breaks 'Gone By Lunch Time'

“How cynical that on the eve of Labour weekend, the National government is pushing through legislation that takes away the statutory right to tea and meal breaks along with collective bargaining protections, and makes vulnerable workers jobs even less secure." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news