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

 

Māori King reaches out to the King of Tonga King

Māori King reaches out to the King of Tonga King

Manase Nehemaia Lua
Maungakiekie Candidate
Māori Party

Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII prior to the election made a royal decree to his people. His royal command was for Māori to support the Māori Party and not Labour. He believed that Labour has not done enough for Māori and abandoned them. To further reinforce his message, he reached across the Pacific to his fellow Royalty in the Kingdom of Tonga. He made a request for His Majesty King Tupou VI to ask his subjects living in Aotearoa to join and provide a Tongan candidate to stand for the Māori Party. The King of Tonga answered the call. The same request was also made to the Head of State in Samoa and Ariki of Rarotonga. All have answered the call, hence why we now have eight candidates from these Pacific Nations running.

This is not something new for Tonga. During the infamous Dawn Raid era, King Tupou IV issued a formal letter of concern to the New Zealand Government at the unfair and unjust treatment of his subjects particularly in Auckland. Despite people from the UK and Europe being the majority of overstayers at the time, Police were racially profiling Polynesians to check their legal status despite many Māori, Niuean, Tokulauan and Cook Islanders being automatic citizens in New Zealand, yet were targeted anyway. Furthermore, Police used brutal and inhuman tactics such as raiding Pacific homes before dawn with dogs (hence the “dawn raids”), to catch suspected overstayers. Many elderly, men, women and children were traumatised by these events. The Labour Government came up with the idea but enacted by National when they won the election. In the 1800’s King Tupou I sent his Warlord Ma’afu to govern the unruly Tongans living in the Fijian island group of Lau. Polynesians have involved themselves in politics for centuries across the Pacific, before even the era of European colonisation.



The union of the Pacific in Aotearoa led by our royal houses and chiefs is not something new. The Tongan Monarchy has had very close ties with the Kingitanga. In fact, HM Queen Salote Tupou III spent more time there, than in Auckland on some of her trips here in the 50’s and 60’s as Queen. The Royal family still maintain these close ties even today, and often visit Turangawaewae before any other official engagements. In the 80’s, the great chiefly heads of families and royalty proposed the formation of a Polynesian Association based on our historic ties and genealogical links across Moana Nui a Kiwa. These leaders included, HM Tupou IV of Tonga, HE Sir Ratu Kamisese Mara of Fiji, HM Māori Queen, Sir James Henare and HH Malietoa Tanumafili II of Samoa (See photo attached – Courtesy Malietau Malietoa).

Manase Nehemaia Lua is the chosen Tongan candidate blessed by the Royal Houses and as a Matapule of Ma’afu Tukui’aulahi has both the professional and traditional skills to represent Tongans in Aotearoa. Manase says: “Maungakiekie needs a strong, effective and informed voice in Parliament. I will ensure that the things that matter to you, matter to Parliament. Vote for me and I will fight for you. Vote for me and you will see real and meaningful change, for everyone in Maungakiekie.”

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mosque Attack: No Mention Of Right-Wing Threat In 10 Years Of GCSB/SIS Docs


Jane Patterson for RNZ: There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of public documents from the Security Intelligence Service or the GCSB. More>>

Two Minute Silence Friday: Auckland Mosques Opening Their Doors To All
Mosques in the four corners of Auckland will open their doors on Friday night for people of all faiths to gather in remembrance of the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch shootings. More>>

Parliament's Condolences: PM's Statement On Christchurch Mosques Terror Attack
Al salam Alaikum. Peace be upon you. And peace be upon all of us.
Mr Speaker the 15th of March will now forever be a day etched in our collective memories... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Government Shouldn't Run The Christchurch Massacre Inquiry
At Cabinet yesterday, the promised changes to our gun laws cleared their first hurdle. According to PM Jacinda Ardern, Cabinet agreed collectively “in principle” on a set of proposals to change New Zealand’s gun laws... Yesterday, Ardern also announced an inquiry into the background to the mosque attacks and into the role played by the SIS, GCSB, Police, Customs, and Immigration. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK
For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels