|COMMENT: Pakeha government is opposed to Indigenous self-determination and is concerned
only with advancing and protecting Pakeha interests.
Time for Maori to move on, create their own power structures
and retrieve stolen resources. TWM supports all efforts to achieve those
ELECTION RESULT - 2005
Maori Party now have 4 MPs. See details below.
Maori party gathering steam
NZ Herald 25.05.2004
Momentum for a new Maori political party continued yesterday, with more than 1000 people, who turned out for a hui in Ngaruawahia, supporting its formation. The hui at Turangawaewae Marae - called by Tainui to get an update on the foreshore and seabed proposal and to discuss the new Maori party - overwhelmingly endorsed resolutions supporting the creation of the party and the appointment of interim leaders... Tainui co-chairman Tukoroirangi Morgan said representatives from every major iwi turned out for the event... Yesterday's hui marked the beginning of an intensive round of meetings for the party throughout the country that are planned to win tribal support before the July 10 Te Tai Hauauru byelection... Maori party co-leader Dr Pita Sharples said concerns raised by some speakers at the meeting over its focus and the speed with which it was being put together were normal... Alliance leader Matt McCarten, who was appointed Mrs Turia's byelection campaign manager at a weekend hui, explained his role and made suggestions for the party's future at yesterday's hui. He said after the meeting that with his experience as national organiser for the NewLabour Party and as a driving force behind the formation of the Alliance party he had skills to help overcome some of the differences within Maoridom. [...]
Maori Party registered
Scoop Friday, 9 July 2004, 1:49 pm
The Electoral Commission meeting this morning (9 July 2004) resolved to register Maori Party as a political party, allowing the party to contest the party vote at a general election. Requirements for registration include providing evidence of having at least 500 current financial members and a statement of intent to contest a general election with a party list, or in at least one electorate, or both. The Maori Party registration application was received on 9 June 2004. No comment was received from the public in response to public notices advising of the application. Commission staff will begin processing a Maori Party logo registration application after 24 July 2004, which is the last date for the return of the writ for tomorrows Te Tai Hauauru by-election. The Electoral Act prevents the processing of a logo registration application while a by-election is underway.
(NZ Herald, 20 July 2004)
IT'S MUCH MORE THAN THAT, HELEN (Click on image above)
|First victory for NZ's Maori Party
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1151012.htm Saturday, July 10, 2004.
A new political party representing Maori people has easily won a by-election across the Tasman. The party hopes to claim more seats at next year's election. The Maori Party has won the North Island seat of Te Tai Hauauru with more than 90 per cent of the vote. It is a dream result for the new Member, Tariana Turia, who forced a by-election by resigning from the Government. The new party is promising self-determination for Maori people. There are seven special seats set aside for Maori in New Zealand's Parliament. The Maori Party aims to claim all of those at next year's general election.
Hawke's Bay Maori turn away from Labour party
Hawke's Bay Maori have turned their back on the Labour Party in a shock move that will see them become key supporters for the new Maori Party. With 56,000 members, Ngati Kahungunu is the third-largest tribe in New Zealand and Labour had been counting on its backing to stem the flow of support towards former Labour MP Tariana Turia's new party. Iwi president Ngahiwi Tomoana has been elected vice president of the Maori Party and says its formation has pulled apathetic Hawke's Bay Maori off the fence and fiercely into politics... Mr Tomoana was confident the Maori Party would easily achieve the 5 per cent threshold -- needed to get MPs into Parliament without winning an electorate -- in the next election and the tribe would be encouraging its members to give both their party and list vote to the Maori Party... With Takapau-born Pita Sharples as co-leader of the Maori Party and long-time local president of the Labour party, Gordon Paku, transferring to the same role for the Maori Party, Hawke's Bay has a key role in the party's future...
Maori Party victors turn their fire on Labour
NZ Herald 12.07.2004
A victorious Maori Party turned on the Government yesterday, suggesting the Prime Minister should show some respect and pointing to threats that Tainui iwi would abandon Labour. Co-leader Tariana Turia also claimed to have won over the Ratana movement... The warnings came after Mrs Turia's commanding byelection win, during the party's first national hui yesterday. Between 1500 and 2000 people attended the party's byelection night campaign launch and the hui, held in Wanganui's Memorial Hall... Tainui board co-chairman Tuku Morgan on Saturday told the launch the confederation of Tainui waka iwi planned to throw its weight behind the Maori Party - a gesture Maori Party leaders said was a further sign Labour was losing Maori support. Co-leader Pita Sharples said Ngati Kahungunu and Te Arawa were also behind the party... Mrs Turia, who will be sworn in as an MP in two weeks, said a priority for the new party was the development of a written constitution based on the Treaty of Waitangi. [...]
Turia assures party future
NZ Herald 17.07.2004
For all Labour's efforts to belittle Tariana Turia's victory in last week's byelection, it must have come as a rude shock to the Government. The surprise was in the scale of her victory - to be more precise, the number of Maori bothering to cast a vote for her when they knew she would retain her Te Tai Hauauru seat regardless... Turia has bolstered her mana as a shrewd, tough-minded political operator and given her new Maori Party a definite psychological edge over Labour. Because she will hold her constituency, Maori voters now know a vote for her party will not be a wasted vote. The worry for Labour is that the Maori rebellion will bushfire - that Maori voters on the general roll in Labour strongholds such as South Auckland will be tempted to give their party vote to Turia instead of Labour... But the byelection has confirmed the Maori Party as a factor in post-election coalition negotiations... As much as possible... the Prime Minister will avoid engaging with Turia. Attacking Turia not only provides the MP with the platform she craves, it places Helen Clark in the uncomfortable position of being seen to attack Maori...
Maori Party 'could win all its seats'
SUNDAY STAR TIMES 05 September 2004
The Maori Party has jumped ahead of Labour in the Maori seats, a Marae-DigiPoll survey of Maori voters shows. The survey of 938 Maori voters suggests the Maori Party could hold most or all of the seven Maori seats after the next election - and possibly hold the balance of power. It appears the party's stance on the foreshore and seabed has struck a chord with voters on the Maori roll that has translated into a big upswing in support in the Maori electorate vote... And the poll shows strong personal support for Maori Party leader Tariana Turia among Maori voters. Turia was considered most favoured Maori MP by 19.9% of voters on the Maori roll, ahead of Winston Peters on 11.1%, Associate Maori Affairs Minister John Tamihere on 6.7% and Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia on 5.4%. Asked which MP most effectively expressed their views, 21.3% named Turia, 10.8% who named Peters, 5.6% named Tamihere and 3.8% named Horomia...Turia said the Maori Party was prepared to work constructively with whomever was in government after the election. Its position regarding the foreshore and seabed "is that we would like the government to go back and begin a proper consultation process with our people . . . The bottom line is that our people are entitled to justice and due process."
COMMENT: ...and so say all of us.
Maori should believe in themselves, says Turia
NZ Herald 01.10.2004
Maori need to throw off their "mad, bad and sad" stereotype and start making decisions for themselves, says Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia. Speaking at Whangarei's Te Renga Paraoa Marae, Mrs Turia urged Maori to believe in themselves so they did not have to rely on others to make decisions... "We have huge potential, huge untapped potential ... we have everything to celebrate." Mrs Turia, in Northland for two days of public meetings, told the crowd on Wednesday that Maori were the heartbeat of the country and should be given more credit for luring international visitors here. "They don't come here to see economic development ... they're coming here to experience the culture of the tangata whenua. We're the ones bringing in the huge dollars even though we're not acknowledged for that," Mrs Turia said...
SIS claim shocks Turia
NZ Herald Saturday November 13, 2004
An online news service claims the Security Intelligence Service has launched a major covert operation investigating the Maori Party and its leader, Tariana Turia. The article on Scoop has shocked Mrs Turia and was yesterday described as "laughable" by a spokeswoman for Prime Minister and SIS Minister Helen Clark. But prominent Maori activists Mike Smith, Annette Sykes and party candidate Hone Harawira said they would not be surprised if the claims were true, as they had been targets of the SIS in the past. The article claims intelligence officials, driven by a recent surge in support for the fledgling party, have moved to anticipate the consequences a centrist Maori political force would have on the internal security of New Zealand... Mrs Turia said she was confident the report was incorrect, since the SIS was explicitly required not to take any action for the purpose of furthering or harming the interest of any political party... The rumours are understood to have begun circulating after Mrs Turia visited a Christchurch mosque several months ago...
COMMENT: Further revelations on SIS activities click here.
Maori Party to show leadership in the Constitutional Inquiry
Scoop 17 November 2004
The Maori Party today announced that it would participate in a nationwide constitutional inquiry announced by the Prime Minister in the weekend. ‘Our people would expect nothing less’ said Mrs Turia, Co-leader of the Maori Party.
‘New Zealanders recall the Prime Minister advising the Queen in her visit here in February 2002, that the Treaty was our founding document, and later in August of that year, in her own Speech from the Throne stating that “The basis of constitutional government in this country is to be found in its founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi”.
‘Those assurances give the Maori Party confidence that there are at least three parties in the Parliament, who are committed to entrenching the Treaty of Waitangi in a constitution for Aotearoa’ said Mrs Turia today.
Tangata whenua have been asking for a review of the constitutional arrangements of this land for decades. The three legendary Hirangi hui called by the Paramount Chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Sir Hepi te Heuheu, nearly ten years ago in 1995 and 1996, revealed the intensity of interest among Maori in this subject.
‘Those hui raised the issues of constitutional change on the basis of the Declaration of Independence 1835 and the Treaty of Waitangi 1840’, stated Mrs Turia today. ‘Tangata whenua have been rigorously exploring these ideas and are willing to take up a pro-active, and co-leadership role with the Crown, in exploring this issue of such critical importance to our nation’ said Mrs Turia...
COMMENT: Two days later the Foreshore and Seabed Bill was passed.
Tamihere rounds on Maori Party and 'separatists'
NZ Herald 20.01.05
Labour MP John Tamihere has attacked the Maori Party and put the boot into Maori for seeking "preferential entitlements".
The recently sidelined MP followed aspects of National's Don Brash's "state of the nation" speech to the Orewa Rotary club before Waitangi Day last year. Speaking to the Waitakere Rotary Club at the Trusts Stadium last night, Mr Tamihere pushed his party's recent strong economic performance while launching into the fledgling Maori Party. "The rise of the Maori Party is unfortunate and frustrating for politicians like myself," he said. [...]
COMMENT: Labour Party paranoia surfaces in election year. Tamihere is worried that, apart from being sidelined, he may also be gone by the end of 2005.
UPDATE: (18.09.05) Eight months later, Tamihere's fears are realised and he concedes defeat to Pita Sharples. See election results below.
Maori Party Vindicated By UN Report On Foreshore
Monday, 14 March 2005, 9:07 am Press Release: The Maori Party
The Maori Party today endorsed the report from the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, citing it as a vindication of the position that thousands of tangata whenua and others took in challenging the Crown, in response to the Foreshore and Seabed Bill. “The actions of the Crown in confiscating our lands, and removing our rights to due process before the Court, will never be forgotten by our people,” said Tariana Turia today. “The Maori Party will take up the recommendations of the report with the Government, as a matter of urgent priority,” stated Tariana Turia, co-leader of the Maori Party.
Maori Party environmental spokesperson, and candidate for Tainui, Angeline Greensill, said that “The Maori Party believes the statement from the UN confirms the absolute outrage tangata whenua, and many other peoples felt last year at this act of blatant discrimination”. “Their findings that the legislation contained ‘discriminatory aspects against the Maori, in particular in its extinguishment of the possibility of establishing Maori customary title over the foreshore and seabed’ is an indictment on the Labour Government” said Ms Greensill.
“The timing of this statement of international shame, is bitterly ironic at a time when this same Government is encouraging overseas investors to explore and mine the mineral wealth of the foreshore of the West Coast, through the so called Project All Black. Our deepest suspicions about the real motive behind the Crown confiscation have been realized”. Project All-Black involves an application from a Chinese company which wants to mine the seabed from Taranaki to the Kaipara Harbour, earning the Government tens of millions of dollars in taxes and royalties, and will erode lands, at a significant rate. “This is another example of a Government that puts economic interests ahead of sustaining the ecological balance of our environment and of fulfilling obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi”, stated Ms Greensill.
|ELECTION - AOTEAROA
NZ - 17 September 2005
SUNDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2005
Parliament's newest entrant, the Maori Party, is easily the election's biggest winner. It stormed in with at least four seats, upsetting Labour's safe and complacent hold on the Maori electorate. By winning several electorate seats more than its party vote of about 1.6% entitled it to the Maori Party creates an overhung parliament. Formed last year in opposition to the Government's foreshore and seabed legislation, the party could muster significant heft in Parliament. It is unclear how it will use it. [...]
Maori Party small but new force in Parliament
NZ Herald 18.09.05
Parliament has a small, but militant new force... It is the Maori Party - and yesterday it arrived, not en masse but in potent force.... A deal with National is only an option if Don Brash backs away from his plan to abolish the Maori electorates. Those electorates, along with embedding the Treaty in the constitution and the foreshore and seabed, are the closest thing the Maori Party has to non-negotiable bottom lines. [...]
|Sharples attacks 'redneck New Zealanders'
NZ Herald 17.11.05
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples yesterday demanded to know what had happened to his "1000 missing years" in a passionate maiden speech in Parliament that castigated fellow MPs, the media and "redneck New Zealanders". "It strikes me as somewhat amazing that half the country and probably half of this House actually believes that Maori are the privileged group within our society... If it were true, "why in my electorate are Maori not living in prime locations like Kohimarama, St Heliers, Mission Bay, or conversely, why are Maori concentrated in state housing sectors?" He asked whether "privilege" meant diabetes, heart disease, asthma, glue ear and dying 10 years earlier than Pakeha.
"Or is our real privilege to be revealed in this country's disgusting incarceration figures?" While one in every 570 New Zealanders is in jail, for Maori the number is one in 180.
Dr Sharples said the "big question" was why there was so much parliamentary resistance to the concept of tangata whenua. He then delivered a powerful oratory that traversed centuries of world events interspersed with corresponding events in Maori history "Why do we accept the world's history and not our own? So what of Toi Kairakau, of Rauru, my history, my tangata whenua-ness, my 1000 missing years?"
Dr Sharples used the rest of his speech to attack the Foreshore and Seabed Act, which had caused a deep hurt to Maori.
"To be called haters and wreckers, to be held in contempt and ridicule, cut even deeper than the legislation itself."
"Politicians needed to stop using Maori as political football and accept that "despite 200 years of colonisation, Maori still want to be Maori".
"I firmly believe that by increasing dialogue across parties, we as a group of responsible parliamentarians can do much to combat the negative stereotypes which lock many Maori into a negative poverty mindset.
"We can be emancipatory." [...]