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Don't go to hell Minister - come to Taipa

MEDIA STATEMENT

Hone Harawira

Maori Party MP for Te Tai Tokerau

16 November 2010

Don't go to hell Minister - come to Taipa

"I'm a little disappointed to hear the Minister of Treaty Negotiations speak so disparagingly of the Taipa whanau," said Hone Harawira, the Maori Party's Tai Tokerau MP.

"They are simply seeking the return of lands clearly identified by the Waitangi Tribunal as having been improperly taken in the past.

"They have the full support of the whanau, hapu and iwi, they haven't abused or attacked anyone, and I know from comments that have come back to me from local clergy, that they have been very respectful even when being abused themselves.

"I think it's sad if the Minister is seeking to punish them for simply exercising their legitimate right to protest, and I don't think his comments will be helpful at all in resolving what the whanau see as being a legitimate claim for the return of stolen land.

"I would encourage the minister to accept the request to meet with the whanau, and indeed, I would be more than happy to go with him if he thinks it might help."

ENDS

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