Tag: Mana Party

Mana’s Challenge To The 51st Parliament

Press Release – Mana Party MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira Friday 3 October 2014 Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in …Mana’s Challenge To The 51st Parliament MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira Friday 3 October 2014 Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country – Labour’s theft of the foreshore and seabed – a watershed moment for Maori because it wiped away any illusion that Labour would put Maori rights ahead the interests of big mining; because it showed that the colonial past of land thefts was still very much alive; and because it led to the formation of the first ever independent Maori political party – THE MAORI PARTY. Those were the wonderful days when it seemed all of Maoridom spoke with one voice – days that quickly ended when the Maori Party did A DEAL WITH NATIONAL at the next election in 2008, and although it quickly became clear that we were being overwhelmed, the leadership of the Maori Party ignored my pleas...

Read More

Adjournment Speech

Speech – Mana Party Itd be nice to be able to say that for all the differences between us and this National government and its coalition partners, the last three years had seen our country come out of the Global Financial Crisis with a positive attitude and increased …Adjournment Speech Leader of the Internet MANA Party, Leader of the MANA Movement, and MP for Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira Thursday 31 July 2014 It’d be nice to be able to say that for all the differences between us and this National government and its coalition partners, the last three years had seen our country come out of the Global Financial Crisis with a positive attitude and increased capacity to rock and roll … but that’d be a lie. There have been increases, but not across the board, and not in ways which signal a rebuilding of society and an improvement in opportunity for everyone. Sure there have been increases at the highest echelons of our society – spectacular increases in the levels of wealth accumulated by the richest 1% of people in the country, an increase in the salaries earned by CEOs and corporate directors, an increase in the gap between the rich and the poor, an increase in funding for National’s “holiday highways’ but a cut in funding for the maintenance of local roads every year for the past...

Read More

Support for USA in Iraq “Not a Deal to Die For”

Press Release – Mana Party Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Tuesday 24 June 2014 When John Key says New Zealand fully supports the current steps announced by President Obama (in Iraq) 100% he is one step away from committing our troops simply to …Support for USA in Iraq “Not a Deal to Die For” Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Tuesday 24 June 2014 “When John Key says ‘New Zealand fully supports the current steps announced by President Obama (in Iraq) 100%’ he is one step away from committing our troops simply to get a good trade deal with the USA,” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and that should worry all NZers.” “It’s the same deal that Prime Minister Holyoake was forced to agree to by President Johnson back in the 60’s” said Harawira “when the USA told us that if we didn’t send troops to Vietnam, they wouldn’t buy our butter.” “And all we got out of that was dead soldiers flown home in body bags, troops being abused for fighting a dirty war, and the lingering death we now know as Agent Orange.” “The ugly thing about the current crisis is that America isn’t actually sending troops to Iraq to defend democracy. They have openly stated that they will deploy troops to...

Read More

Plain Packaging Or Window Dressing?

Press Release – Mana Party Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau I will always support any anti-tobacco legislation said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau but insisting on tobacco being sold in plain packets while allowing Big Tobacco …Plain Packaging Or Window Dressing? Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau “I will always support any anti-tobacco legislation” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau “but insisting on tobacco being sold in plain packets while allowing Big Tobacco to sue us for doing so is just bloody bizarre!” “It simply doesn’t make sense to approve plain packaging if the government won’t commit to removing tobacco provisions from the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement)” said Harawira “because those provisions let tobacco companies sue the NZ government if it introduces laws, like plain packaging, which impact their profits” “Tobacco giant Phillip Morris has already taken a case against the Australian government for introducing plain packaging” said Harawira “and National says the progression of the NZ bill depends what happens in Australia and that could take years” “So despite the window dressing provided by this Bill, it seems its business as usual for the Nats – corporate profits ahead of the health of the people. They’ve refused to commit to protecting New Zealander’s from Big Tobacco, and have instead...

Read More

TPPA Secerecy – What it Really Means For Our Nation

Press Release – Mana Party The secrecy around the Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement talks is on the agenda at this weeks media conference to be attended by MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira.MEDIA RELEASE Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau TPPA Secerecy – What it Really Means For Our Nation Tuesday 3 December, 2013 The secrecy around the Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement talks is on the agenda at this week’s media conference to be attended by MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “If corporate bullying, the ceding of our sovereignty, and the inability to make our own decisions and set our own priorities for our own country isn’t enough to walk away from the TPPA like other nations have, questions need to be asked around not just the secrecy of the process, but whether all New Zealanders have been fairly consulted on this document,” says Harawira. The media briefing provides an opportunity for different political parties to voice their concerns about the secrecy of the talks and respond to the online petition signed by 26,000 people including letters to MP’s Harawira says the full and far reaching implications of such an important agreement are yet to be understood by the public. “What we do know so far is that the TPPA means a huge increase in unemployment,...

Read More
  • 1
  • 2