Claire Trevett at the Herald reports:
Asked about the issue on his way into Parliament yesterday, Mr Harawira refused to answer any questions asked in English and spoke only in te reo before walking away.
He earlier told Radio Waatea that if the Government agreed to Act’s request then the Maori Party should walk away from the coalition.
“I don’t see why we should sit back and let a little fat redneck like Rodney Hide put in an amendment at the last minute.”
Two ironies here.
The first is that Rodney is fitter than Hone I would say, and would probably kick his arse in a swimming race.
The second is that I am pretty sure that Rodney doesn’t care what the skin colour is of any girls who want to date his son. So Hone calling someone else a redneck is ironic.
But as Michael Laws had to apologise for calling the GG fat, will Hone be made to apologise for his comments?
If the Maori Party does pull support, it could mean the current 2004 act would stay in place. Mr Key has previously said he would not make any changes if there was not a reasonable level of consensus and the Labour Party has not yet decided whether to support it further.
Would be rather embarrassing for the Maori Party if the status quo ends up remaining.
Mr Harawira has urged Maori to make submissions opposing the bill, saying it stops short of ownership for Maori and the threshold for customary title is too high, meaning most hapu would get nothing.
Most hapu will not get customary title indeed – because that is what the Court of Appeal found. The test was for uninterrupted exclusive use. The Court of Appeal never said the foreshore belongs to all Maori.