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A New Zealand Māori activist and parliamentarian. The founder and leader of the Mana Party.


Hone Harawira Biography



Hone Pani Tamati Waka Nene Harawira is a New Zealand Māori activist and parliamentarian. He was elected to the Parliament of New Zealand for the Māori electorate of Te Tai Tokerau in the 2005 general election as the Māori Party candidate. His resignation caused the Te Tai Tokerau by-election, held on 25 June 2011, which he won with a majority of 1117. As Leader of the Mana Party and Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tokerau, he sits on the front bench in the New Zealand House of Representatives.


Political activity

His mother is a prominent Māori activist and Harawira himself played a role in Treaty of Waitangi issues, Māori language revitalisation, land occupations, and Māori broadcasting. Harawira's family continue to engage in activism, with his nephews Wikatana Popata and John Junior Popata protesting in 2009, 2010 and 2011 at Te Tii Marae during the Waitangi Day celebrations and Harawira has said he is proud of their actions. In 2009 they were convicted of assaulting Prime Minister John Key and sentenced to community service.


In Parliament Harawira has continued in his tradition as a rebel, breaking protocol to open Parliament in Māori. On 16 January 2011 in an interview published in the Sunday Star-Times, Harawira was highly critical of the Māori Party's relationship with the National Party, in particular over the Foreshore and Seabed issue, saying "If we support this bill, we’re effectively saying that our coalition with National is more important than our commitment to Māori – surely not?". On 7 February 2011 Harawira was suspended from the Māori Party caucus, with a statement by Turia and Sharples saying they had lost faith in him after five years of ill-discipline. He responded saying he wishes to stay with the party and stand for it in the 2011 election.


On 30 April 2011 he announced the formation of the Mana Party. Harawira's formal resignation from Parliament as an Independent MP on 11 May 2011, effective 21 May, caused a by-election in his Te Tai Tokerau constituency. Harawira ran as the Mana Party's candidate and received 6065 votes, winning the seat with a majority of 1117. Harawira returned to Parliament on 14 July 2011 during the Start of Day ceremony but was removed from the chamber by Speaker of the House Lockwood Smith for not pledging the oath of allegiance for newly elected Members of Parliament required by New Zealand law. He returned on 2 August, affirmed the oath in Māori and as leader of the Mana Party took a seat on the front bench.




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