Check out this press release:
Maori Leader Rejects Harawira Apology as “Embarrassing” and issues his own apology
Ngapuhi Leader and senior relative to Hone Harawira, David Rankin, says he is embarrassed by the apology the MP has given.
“Harawira has disgraced our iwi with his gutter language, and has casued more racial division in New Zealand society than any other single person in a generation”, says Mr Rankin.
“As an MP, we expect certain standards, and instead, Mr Harawira has dragged down all of Ngapuhi to his level. I, and other kaunatua, are deeply ashamed, especially for the offence it has caused our Pakeha brothers”, says Mr. Rankin.
Mr Rankin, as the senior member of Mr. Harawira’s hapu, has today formally apologised to Parliament, Ngapuhi, and the people of New Zealand, for his relative’s outburst, and will be approaching him in the next few weeks to remind him that his priority as MP is to focus on his work in Parliament and the electorate, and not to be sidetracked by opportunities for personal gain.
Wow. Pretty major public slap in the face. Harawira has clearly burnt a lot of his mana amongst Ngapuhi.
Rightly so. Even if you somehow think Hone’s comments or actions are justified, and I certainly do not, they are incredibly politically stupid. He has damaged his own cause with his loud mouth.
Single-handedly, Harawira has brought racial division back to the fore in this country. For no good reason. Just to try to cover his arse for screwing around in Paris when he was meant to be working.
I don’t know what should happen to him now. The Maori Party probably needs to get rid of him for their own good. He’ll be better off out of their too. The Greens won’t touch him unless they’re completely braindead. Maybe he could strike out as an independent.
Labour should find a decent candidate for 2011 – Kelvin Davis has it in him. Could be a three way race.