Harawira has a point

August 14th, 2007 at 10:00 pm by David Farrar

Hone Harawira has been told he must refund half his airfare as he only stayed for half the select committee business.

Harawira had a point though that NZ First MPs had a cheek in raising the issue, considering they have yet to pay back even a single cent of the $160,000 they owe the taxpayer.

Harawira should take the moral high ground and table a cheque in Parliament tomorrow and then ask for the Leave of the House to debate why NZ First has not yet paid back their $160,000.

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25 Responses to “Harawira has a point”

  1. Shout Above The Noise () says:

    Let’s be honest here… Hone may have sauntered off into the outback AWOL, but the whole trip was a pointless junket anyway – at least he had a genuine concern to bunk off in his own mind. Seriously, Lynne Pillay was on this sojourn, what purpose does she serve apart from being Klark’s handbag carrier when Judith is too busy dealing with ‘Auckland issues’ ?

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  2. Steve Taylor - Deputy Leader, Direct Democracy Party of New Zealand () says:

    Hmmmmm, I’m not sure that a “hello pot, this is kettle” approach would be very credible myself. My issue is that, from the moment he entered Parliament, Hone took an oath – no where in that oath are the words “and I swear that I will only do what pleases me, when it suits, and stuff everyone else”.

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  3. Rob Case () says:

    gotta hand it to those aussies – a couple of steps ahead of us again.

    why bother paying for your own MPs when the kiwis will do it for free?

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  4. Frank () says:

    The point he has identified is that politicians cult is: Self service first.

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  5. JesusCrux (88 comments) says:

    Peter Sharples was on Prime News the last night congratulating some guy for winning something, and he said: “first of all, it’s great because he’s Maori. secondly…” – as if being Maori was the most important thing!

    Ok that had nothing to do with this post but it was quite funny : P

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  6. stan () says:

    according to the article it was Rodney who made the point regarding NZ First’s spending

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  7. phil u () says:

    yes..it was rodney..(it was a good question..actually..)

    then of course there was that national mp..

    who while meant to be at a memorial service for our fallen soldiers in the middle east..

    as part of his tax-payer funded ‘duties’..

    went off camel-riding..instead..

    did he/should he also have to ‘pay-back’..?

    with taxpayer-funded ‘tiki-tours’ being one of the major perks of being in parliament..

    and the astonishing coming together of these trips at the same time as major sporting fixtures..

    (then there was that lovely slow trip thru the pacific islands..

    right in the middle of our winter..

    (but just when the ‘darlings’ would need a break..eh..?..)

    sets new benchmarks in cant and hypocrisy from those moaning about harawira visiting the northern territiries..

    to see how australia were fucking over their aboriginal people..yet again

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  8. kiwi_donkey () says:

    I don’t see much wrong with what Hone did. He is elected to be a representative in a deliberative democracy. He should go where he pleases and talk to whom he thinks fit. Sure, it was perhaps a bit impolite to race off from the official agenda. But as far as I am concerned his visit was still official business.

    He’s not an employee, for god’s sake.

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  9. Captain Crab () says:

    And pray tell us, now that Hone has done the tour and got the publicity, what exactly will HE do about the problems the aboriginal people have?

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  10. Yvette () says:

    Regarding Harawira’s proposed pay-back compared to New Zealand Fisrt’s debt of $160,000, I am sorry to admit that I was naive enough to believe that nobody could lie as blatantly as someone who promised to stay on the cross benches before the Election and then changed his mind to be Foreign Affairs Minister propping up Labour – I was stupid enough to vote for New Zealand First.

    So now I do not mind that New Zealand First have not yet paid back the money they misappropriated – it serves to remind us what lying bastards they are, as they approach the up-coming Election.

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  11. Inventory2 () says:

    That Harawira considered the Select Committee’s trip to Melbourne so unimportant that he could hikoi off and do his own thing merely endorses the decision by the National MP’s on the SC to boycott the “junket”. I’m sure that Lynne Pillay and Charles Chauvel had a gay old time in Melbourne – but value for the taxpayer dollar – I think not!

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  12. dad4justice () says:

    ” A gay old time ” ; Yes makes me think of Tim Barnett telling a story to a bar full of people gloating about his sexual exploits in various gay brothels in London . It was at the expense of the tax -payer, but why worry, as anything goes eh Auntie Hellen ?

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  13. Steve Taylor - Deputy Leader, Direct Democracy Party of New Zealand () says:

    Kiwi Donkey:

    I disagree – Hone IS an employee, albeit an elected one. His job description is to represent the interests of the NZ people, not indulge his own ego. The position description is MP for a NZ Parliament, not advocate for another people in another land.

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  14. cubit9f () says:

    Hone obviously has an empathy for the Aboriginal people and is very interested in their cause. He could make a real difference for them.

    Why not have him move there (and take Mum too) to really sort the problem out over the longer term.

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  15. Frank () says:

    Yvette: Don’t forget that the Labour Party Secretary promised the Chief Electoral Officer that he would include the Leader’s Fund “Borrowings” in the returns to the Electoral Commission – and then didn’t.

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  16. Inventory2 () says:

    cubit9f said “Why not have him move there (and take Mum too) to really sort the problem out over the longer term.”

    Great suggestion cubit! Titewhai could set up a Mental Health Unit and try out some of the treatment techniques she used so effectively at Carrington all those years ago!

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  17. John Dalley () says:

    D4J
    Do you have proof of what you are claiming or is it just running of at the mouth again?
    If you ave proof, present it, if not then i would request that DPF ban you again.

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  18. dad4justice () says:

    Dalley where do I send the affidavits ? You request my ban , who the hell do you think you are ? Do you think I would be silly enough to say stuff like that about Barnett if I couldn’t back it up ?
    Am I not allowed to express what a I heard as factual information Dalley !?

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  19. peterquixote () says:

    I dont get it Heather Roy went missing in action for months, if you have crook chickens in this hen house, why not go over and have a look at the chickens next door to see how they are going,

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  20. DavidW () says:

    pq subtle difference is that Heather Roy sought permission from the Speaker to be absent for the purpose of doing military training with the NZ Territorial Forces and this was granted IN ADVANCE of the absence.

    How on earth is the Select Committee (assuming the agenda for the trip was justified) going to present considered findings if only some of the Committee was able to hear the evidence on what they weree supposed to be studying.

    If there was only froth in Melbourne and Hone didn’t miss anything of substance, then the blowtorch needs to go on the justification and approval process for select committee travel.

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  21. TIM BARCLAY () says:

    He upstaged a Labour Party junket which had been identified as such by the National Party. Good old Margaret Wilson could always be relied upon to stick the knife in for the Labour Party. Silly old bat.

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  22. John Dalley () says:

    D4J
    Why don,t you link to them here.
    If you have written proof, DPF should have no problem in allowing the link.

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  23. dad4justice () says:

    Dalley are you Gerogina Beyer or James Sleep ??

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  24. redneck () says:

    you are right d4j, JD SHOULD THINK and not threaten (pathetic creature) some of the frothing gay members on the labour side of the house seem to have vibrating butt plugs stimulatng them , hell chriss carter is a example ,shit in iran over there in one day he would have been hung from a crane boom but here he opens mosques.I beat they ran a carpet cleaner over the area where he walked .The muslims dont like sodimites ,its in the koran.,sorry John Dalley more power to the free thinker D4J ,,R

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  25. mara () says:

    Paul Holmes should have reserved his “cheekie darkie” comment for our Hone. K.Annan was demonstrably corrupt. Hone,by contrast,doesn’t have the wit for it. He is merely a simple fool.

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