Hone Harawira

Te Tai Tokerau MP 2005-2014

  1. I’m proud of having worked with all kinds of people. Not just from around Aotearoa, and the Pacific, but indigenous activists from all round the world — Hawai‘i, Tahiti, the Americas, Canada, Australia, Asia, Africa, even up in Europe. e-tangata
  2. I know a lot of my friends in the movement struggled because they were activists alone in their whānau. And they would often go home to their marae or to whānau hui, and cop shit from the rest of their whānau. I never ever had that problem. e-tangata
  3. I remember a cop, Wally Haumaha, coming up to shake my hand when I got to Wellington, and when I asked what that was for, he said: “Mate – 1,000 kilometres, 50,000 people, and not one arrest. You ought to be really proud of yourself.” e-tangata
  4. I’m intensely proud of the fact that my activism drove my thinking in parliament. e-tangata
  5. Activism forces you to learn skills, to learn strength, to learn not to take shit from anyone, to stand up for yourself, to not take “no” for an answer. You learn to do the things that you want to do and not what other people want you to do. e-tangata
  6. I’m not into pushing the Pākehā into the sea at all — even the bad ones. I have value for everybody who calls this place home. Be they Pasifika, Pākehā, Indian, Ethiopian, Croatian. If they’re blessed enough to have come to this land after us, they are truly lucky. e-tangata
  7. I’m not saying all Māori are fabulous and that all Pākehā are bad because that ain’t true. There’s some arsehole Pākehā in this world, but there’s a few Māori, too, who have the same love of money and disdain for Māori, and they’re arseholes as well. e-tangata
  8. I for the rights of my people, the same way as my tupuna Tamati Waka Nene did. (Point of Order Mr Speaker)
  9. I know I’m a leader, but I don’t particularly care for it. I think it adds pressure to people, which can get in the way of what they can do naturally. Some people are natural leaders and others aren’t. (Point of Order Mr Speaker)
  10. When we started marching to Waitangi back in the 1970’s, Pākehā hated us, but so did a lot of Māori. (Point of Order Mr Speaker)
  11. I learnt you should always stand up for your rights. (Point of Order Mr Speaker)
  12. When you are right, you don’t back down for anyone. (Point of Order Mr Speaker)
  13. If somebody tells you you can’t do something, don’t accept it. Work out what it takes to make them say yes and then come up with a win-win situation. (Point of Order Mr Speaker)