To share his thoughts regarding current political issues, Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira joins us.

To share his thoughts regarding current political issues, Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira joins us.


To share his thoughts regarding
current political issues, Tai Tokerau MP
Hone Harawira joins us now. In your opinion,
what are the benefits of Peter Dunne’s income
splitting Bill to Maori? I strongly support the comments
made by Shane and Metiria. If you are wealthy then this
bill is great for you. If you are poor then
there are no benefits. And the majority of
Maori are poor right? The unemployment rates
have risen since last year. Metiria was right in saying
that wealthy families can leave a parent at home
to look after the children and this is a bill that only
supports wealthy families. Labour also says it
won’t support the bill because only the rich will benefit,
those that are on high incomes? That’s correct. But we are supporting the bill until
it reaches the select committee so that everyone can express
their opinions on the issue. That is the only reason we are
supporting the bill at this stage. At the end we will talk again. But in principle, the bill
only supports the wealthy. What do you think about
the drinking laws? Raise the age, split the
age, or status quo? The bill states that each
individual Member of Parliament will get their say so these are my own thoughts
and not that of my party. In my opinion, if you’re
old enough to go to war then you are old enough to drink. But I don’t think that they
should be allowed to drive. What are your thoughts
on ACT’s crisis today? Who am I to talk about the problems
of another party in Parliament. We should leave it up to that
party to settle itself. The important thing is that Maori
issues continue to move forward and our current initiatives remain. They need to fix their
own marae, don’t they? Are you going to the King’s
Coronation this week? I acknowledge our King Tuheitia
during Coronation week. If I am able to, I will go. But there is much on
my agenda this week, like Parliament sitting, discussions continue for the
Foreshore and Seabed Bill, the Maori Party national
hui, the Coronation, as well as the funerals of
two great Maori leaders; Koro Dewes who wasn’t just
a pillar of Ngati Porou but for Maori as a whole. He was different and special. He had his own opinions regardless
of what others thought. And one of my dear friends,
Te Miringa Hohaia of Taranaki. He was a great friend to those of us who walked the path of
self-determination. From the time of Nga Tama Toa,
the occupation at Bastion Point, during all aspects of
our fight for the land he was a pillar of strength. My deepest sympathies to
their families and all Maori. I wish them both farewell. Thank you, Hone,
for your time today.

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