The right to protest

May 12th, 2011 at 4:13 pm by David Farrar

Marika Hill at Stuff reports:

says “redneck” racism is to blame for the last-minute cancellation of a lecture he was to give in Auckland today.

The Mana Party leader was due to speak about the foreshore and seabed at  Auckland University Law School.

“All of the rednecks at the university decided to create such a ruckus that the Law School cancelled it. In 2011 we’re still being pushed around,” Harawira said. …

Asked why this was an example of racism, Harawira said there were only Pakeha involved in the protest planned at Auckland University.

“A lot of people think that racism is dead and buried but clearly it’s not. I’m a Maori MP and I should have the right to talk to Maori law students.” …

Law student Charlotte Summers said the Faculty of Law cancelled the lecture on the basis of “there may be a breach of the peace”.  

She said the Young Nationals organisation  was behind the protest.

“How is it fair that the Young Nats decide to be disruptive, threaten to be disruptive, and then an entire event is cancelled because of their choices and what they threaten to do?”

“There is a time and a place for protest – an academic lecture is not that time nor place.”

However, the Young Nationals denied any involvement in the protest.

President Daniel Fielding said although some Young National members were planning to attend the protest, it was a cross section of students involved.

Oh poor little Hone. Who knew he had such a thin skin. The man who had led dozens of protests, whose family have often assaulted people at protests, can’t handle a few students protesting against him.

And of course it is racism, if one protests against Hone. What else could it be. Couldn’t possible be related to him comparing people to Hitler, and highlighting how Osma’a family saw him as a freedom fighter.

But don’t you love the reaction of the law school, and the quoted law student. They cancelled the lecture because people may have protested.

This is in the same week that the Supreme Court upheld the right of someone to burn the NZ flag on ANZAC Day (a decision which I actually agree with). So it is okay to burn the NZ flag on ANZAC day, but it is wrong and racist to protest against Hone Harawira.

The Facebook page about the protest is here. Having had a brief look I don’t see any suggestion they were going to go into the lecture and shout Hone down. They were going to protest outside, and they specifically said that if any go inside, “we will give Hone a chance to speak, we will listen and we will ask constructive questions while expressing our displeaure in his racial hatred and gutter politics”.

Isn’t there anything more hypocritical that a veteran protester who whines about how awful it is when people protest against him.

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78 Responses to “The right to protest”

  1. Bed Rater (239 comments) says:

    Also, isn’t he currently not a ‘Maori MP’, at least for the time being. Why is he telling people he’s a member of parliament. When does his resignation take effect?

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  2. Elaycee (4,081 comments) says:

    I heard that the reason he pulled out was because the battery on Mummy’s mobile had died and Hone had nowhere to go to get his instructions.

    Just can’t trust that white MOFO technology, eh Hone?

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  3. Nick R (443 comments) says:

    I thought Hone was more annoyed at the law school for cancelling the lecture than he was at the thought of protests. But he’s relishing the chance to play the victim and the young nats have just handed him the moral high ground. Great.

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  4. Aredhel777 (271 comments) says:

    Thanks for posting this, I was just about to head out to that lecture. xfd. This is hilarious. Clearly the only reason people disagree with Hone Harawira is that they are racists who hate Maori.

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  5. graham (2,211 comments) says:

    Yeah, the way I read it is that Hone is annoyed that the law school has cancelled the lecture.

    And in this case, I think the law school have it wrong. They should have allowed Hone to talk, and the protest should have gone ahead. Cause, yeah … if Hone can’t handle being on the receiving end, that would be priceless. (Although I’m sure he can give as good as he gets).

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  6. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    DPF, you have this all wrong. Hone is not complaining about the protest. He is complaining about the University caving in to the threat of the protest.

    So much for academic freedom!

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  7. adze (1,695 comments) says:

    What a laugh. Hone and his hypocrite hangers-on just keep looking worse every day.

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  8. davidp (3,326 comments) says:

    Wasn’t Hone one of the mob that attacked the Auckland University architecture students with baseball bats and other weapons in 1979? There were several broken limbs as I recall. I’d say that karma is catching up with him, but karma would require an angry mob beating him to a pulp and then a spell in hospital.

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  9. Aredhel777 (271 comments) says:

    Apparently Hone is going to address the believers (i.e. the leftwing Maori radicals) at the Auckland University marae instead, at 7pm.

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  10. insider (990 comments) says:

    A university that fears protest…what is the world coming to?

    MAybe they were planning on burning a tino rangitiratanga flag in the quad or something? No that can’t be the reason – the Law Faculty should be well aware of the supreme court’s views on flag burning.

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  11. Elaycee (4,081 comments) says:

    @Aredhel777 “Apparently Hone is going to address the believers (i.e. the leftwing Maori radicals) at the Auckland University marae instead, at 7pm.”

    If this is the case, then they don’t need the Marae – they can hold it in the second phone box from the left, near the entrance to the main library.

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  12. thedavincimode (6,130 comments) says:

    Well if that’s all it takes, shutting down his election campaign shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

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  13. shady (250 comments) says:

    Toad – there is nothing in the report on stuff that makes me beleive Hone is complaining about the Law School cancelling the event.

    “All of the rednecks at the university decided to create such a ruckus that the Law School cancelled it. In 2011 we’re still being pushed around,” Harawira said.

    and

    “Racism was more widespread than many New Zealanders liked to believe, he said.

    “That’s unfortunate, but it’s true. I think what’s happening at Auckland University is an example of that. I’m not fussed by that.”

    I can’t see anywhere that says he’s disappointed at their decision.

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  14. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    Toad,

    I agree completely. It’s terrible that the students academic freedom, not to mention their basic right of freedom of speech, has been undermined by the faculty canceling the lecture.

    I knew you would see it that way. Great to see you being consistent in the rights of protesters to be heard.

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  15. F E Smith (3,275 comments) says:

    Pretty poor of the Law Faculty to cancel the lecture because of a potential breach of the peace. It denies Hone the chance to exercise his lawful freedom of speech and also denies the protesters the same thing. They should have let the lecture proceed and if there actually was a breach of the peace then those persons engaged in the breach could be prosecuted or disciplined.

    This is starting to look scarily familiar to the UK, where the way to stop someone speaking is to threaten, or even impliedly threaten, to breach the peace. I realise that the protesters may not have threatened that in this instance, but the Law School’s reaction in assuming such is both cowardly and undemocratic.

    Just to be clear, however, I wouldn’t support protesters disrupting the lecture, either, that is also undemocratic.

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  16. beautox (408 comments) says:

    Man that guy projects so much you could use him to open a cinema.

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  17. jaba (2,069 comments) says:

    this is soooooo, funny. A activist who thrives on the protest movement backed by Matt McCarten and John freaking Minto UPSET, yes UPSET that people were going to protest his speech at a University … oh good grief. What a racist hypocritical tosser.
    I also believe, that the University should NOT have stopped it.

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  18. krazykiwi (9,188 comments) says:

    denies Hone the chance to exercise his lawful freedom of speech

    @FES – where is the line drawn? If he’s invited by the university, and they rescind that invitation is that a violation of Harawira’s right to free speech, or the university exerting their right to determine who has access to their facilities?

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  19. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Did anyone ask him his opinion on Titiwhai’s behaviour at the Maori Party meeting the other day,?, racist I think not, bad mannered and offensive, yes just normal Harawiri behaviour, steeped in bad manners and bullying tactics.

    So, him and his family are the only one’s to be allowed to protest?

    Then it is a bit stupid for the University to cancel this, it just gives him more publicity.. He’s a nothing who is having his 15 minutes worth, lets let him have it and then we can move on.

    Who cares if him and 2 cronies get elected, we have had labour and their gays getting paid for fuck all, there is no difference if Hone and his mob bludge for three years.

    Even if he is elected he will not make one jot of difference to New Zealand except some headlines, he will acheive nothing.

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  20. big bruv (12,380 comments) says:

    Gee Toad, where was the call from you for academic freedom when it comes to student unions?

    My fucking hypocrisy from the Greens.

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  21. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

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  22. F E Smith (3,275 comments) says:

    Krazykiwi: you are absolutely correct that the University has the right to determine who speaks on campus. If Hone had been invited, accepted and then been cancelled due to lack of space, scheduling, apathy, or a host of other reasons then I would agree with the sentiment behind what you say without problem. However, here the University has cancelled the lecture because of actions threatened by another group, which may or may not have resulted in a breach of the peace. Therefore we know why the University cancelled the lecture and that reason is a cowardly one.

    I am not decrying their right to cancel the lecture, only their reason for doing so.

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  23. wat dabney (3,463 comments) says:

    Hatfield of all people complaining about intimidation and political thuggery.

    It’s like bin laden’s son recently complaining about his father being killed and saying that “arbitrary killing is not a solution to political problems”

    Oh, the ironing.

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  24. By_Election (18 comments) says:

    “The Right to Protest”

    Bit of a misleading title DPF… A breach of the peace is a crime, a protest is not..

    You attack Hone’s mum for her words towards the maori party leaders, and make a fuss over alledged threats of maori party members. However when the quote was about a possible crime being committed you attack Hone.

    WHERE IS THE BALANCE what about that famous quote “One law for All” expect the Young Nats. lol

    The quote was “there may be a breach of the peace” you go on to say “….They canceled the lecture because people may have protested.”

    Come on David that is not respectful to Law student Charlotte Summers Interst Free education you know there is a complete difference between “breach of peace” and “protested.”. But it does not fit your narrative.

    It may be inferred that the University didnt want a fuss , I think the TRT students may have set up the 7pm venue not the University.

    Look David Hone is not scared…

    By the way i think breach of the peace is very serious so much so the police have the power of dentition without arrest…pretty serious stuff of those young nationals

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  25. Chicken Little (793 comments) says:

    Asked why this was an example of racism, Harawira said there were only Pakeha involved in the protest planned at Auckland University.

    So by Hones logic any Maori protest ie Waitangi day hi-jinks must be racist too?

    He really is a silly little man, isn’t he.

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  26. V (660 comments) says:

    They should emulate Sue Bradford’s trespass skills to access the Marae (where the new lecture will be held), then emulate Mintos megaphone skills to be heard.

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  27. Matt (221 comments) says:

    The man is New Zealand’s answer to Le Pen – and he brings the country into disrepute in exactly the same way. The lower his soapbox the better. On the bright side, if he is elected, it would be pretty easy to argue to abolish the maori seats during the next term.

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  28. magic bullet (776 comments) says:

    I wonder if the young nats planned this in collusion with Kyle Chapman? Ok – i know he’s part Maori, but no one has credited him with having any intelligence. At least Chapman and the young nats are honest in their approach i guess. They don’t realise that such a protest just looks like privileged suburban kids having ago at an historically down-trodden indigenous ethnic group. Refreshing honesty though and revealing. Kind of like the lesbian darth vader faux-pass.

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  29. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    Hah I was just about to comment how bizarre it is that magic bullet hasn’t shown up for some idiotic trolling, and he did, while I was logging on. Always reliable.

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  30. Brian Smaller (3,915 comments) says:

    Isn’t there anything more hypocritical that a veteran protester who whines about how awful it is when people protest against him.

    Yes. How about a leftie saying

    “How is it fair that the Young Nats decide to be disruptive, threaten to be disruptive, and then an entire event is cancelled because of their choices and what they threaten to do?”

    “There is a time and a place for protest – an academic lecture is not that time nor place.”

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  31. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Didn’t the damn fool only want to talk to Maori law students, well that’s racist to start with, his odious rantings on university grounds should be able to be attended by all who are silly enough, it’s not Hone’s fucking radical university. It belongs to the taxpayers of NZ and I for one are delighted the prick has been shown the door.

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  32. hj (5,703 comments) says:

    Someone should have gone along and burned a tino rangitiratanga flag. That way we could re assure ourselves free speech is alive and well.

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  33. KH (686 comments) says:

    About burning the New Zealand flag. Well the court decided it was not illegal. True enough. However that does not make it ok. The person who did that demonstrated themselves to be a dork.

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  34. markm (90 comments) says:

    FE Smith said

    “However, here the University has cancelled the lecture because of actions threatened by another group, which may or may not have resulted in a breach of the peace. Therefore we know why the University cancelled the lecture and that reason is a cowardly one.

    I am not decrying their right to cancel the lecture, only their reason for doing so.”

    You have it backwards
    i suspect the University is not concerned about their students protesting , they are , and should be , concerned at the possible reaction of a man who has a history of assault and intimidation , whos family have a history of assault and intimidation.
    whos mother has been imprisoned for assault.

    Harawira is unstable and the University have a duty to protect their students.

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  35. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    laughable misuse of the term ‘redneck’ really.

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  36. MT_Tinman (2,793 comments) says:

    F E Smith (834) Says:
    May 12th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I am not decrying their right to cancel the lecture, only their reason for doing so.

    I agree.

    They should have just admitted that the cancellation was because Hatfield is an outright racist espousing racist policies to anyone stupid enough to listen.

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  37. backster (2,000 comments) says:

    I think the protesting students may have been demonstrating for their right to date Hone’s daughter.

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  38. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    Magic Bullet,

    Based on your logic it should be Hone and Kyle teaming up and preaching their separatist (are they apartheid?) desires.

    I understand Nandor is linked with the Mana Party too. As he is a self-professed Rastafarian perhaps he should let us all know his views on Marcus Garvey just so we can be clear on where he sits on this issue too.

    (By the way MB there is only one ‘s’ in faux pas – with literacy like that, perhaps you would be better served writing pamphlets for Kyle.)

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  39. Chris2 (706 comments) says:

    But it was OK for Hawawira’s mother, a convicted criminal, to go and disrupt a Maori party meeting in the weekend with threats and abuse?

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  40. PaulL (5,776 comments) says:

    So, Hone looked at them all, and they were all pakeha? Cause he can tell by their names, by their skin colour, how? I’m pretty sure that I’ve been told before not to assume people are pakeha cause they look white, or cause they have a white sounding name…….but I guess different rules for different people. Meaning, different rules for stupid people, not necessarily different rules for Maori. :-)

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  41. Rex Widerstrom (5,129 comments) says:

    Hone should speak (and has every right to be pissed off he’s being denied the right to do so). The Young Nats should protest (and hopefully shame Titewhai by demonstrating in a civilised manner).

    The issue here is that this is the standard of courage and integrity shown by the coming generation of lawyers… “Oooo!! A protest! Quick, let’s stop what we’re doing and kowtow to whoever’s trying to push us around”.

    Candidates for Simon Power’s public “defenders” if ever there were: “Oooo! The police are upset my client hasn’t pled guilty! Quick, let’s kowtow to authority and put them on the rails to jail”.

    Students used to be the cohort least likely to conform to authority or pressure, and law students – who actually understood what rights and freedoms were and why it’s important to protect them – least likely of all. What pussies.

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  42. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    “Candidates for Simon Power’s public “defenders” if ever there were: “Oooo! The police are upset my client hasn’t pled guilty! Quick, let’s kowtow to authority and put them on the rails to jail”.”

    It’s a slippery slope towards being perceived as a troll…

    [Particularly when you insert your own little 'hobby horse' in an off topic manner]

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  43. jaba (2,069 comments) says:

    MB .. why are you bringing up Kyle Chapman .. is he standing for Parliament?
    he is a shocker and said on telly, he needs people, like you, to rally against him to get attention. Ignore the racist asshole. As with Dame Penny B

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  44. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Rex

    have you had a bad experience with the police or something?

    It was the law faculty cancelled not the students,, how did Simon Power get dragged into this? ……………..ok now I get it bhudson, shit happens Rex get over it

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  45. Rex Widerstrom (5,129 comments) says:

    bhudson:

    Since when has my “hobby horse” as you call it, been lawyers? I think most of those we have at present do a damn good job, but increasingly it’s uneconomic for a good lawyer to do defence work, especially as most of it is funded by Legal Aid which pays laughable amounts (just ask FE Smith and other lawyers working in NZ courts).

    It’s not going to be the fault of the police (who could be described as my “hobby horse”) if the good, experienced lawyers throw in the towel and anyone accused is left to be “defended” by weak law students taught by weak faculty. It’s not going to be the fault of the police if those lawyers display the same lack of courage in the face of an aggressive police prosecution as they have in this situation and roll over on their own clients.

    Just as it’s not the fault of a good defence lawyer if he, say, exploits the inexperience of a new police prosecutor. That’s what each side does – uses anything and everything at their disposal to win. And if the new cohort of lawyers is this wimpy, then the police are going to have a field day. And who could blame them? Not me – but I’ll sure as hell blame Simon Power.

    Pauleastbay:

    You pop over here and I’ll do to you what I had done to me. The public humilation. The degradation of a “close observation” regime that had a shocked Australian policeman say “I’ve never said this before, but you’ll like an Australian jail compared to this”. The cavity searches every time you go to court and come back. Witnessing people stabbed in the neck while you’re trying to eat your dinner. Being attacked by an aboriginal, gowling like an animal the whole while, simply because you walked past him at the wrong time. Be isolated from your family. Then being chucked into the street after dark with nothing more than directions to the nearest hostel – a $40 cab ride away. All for something you didn’t do.

    You up for it? Then you try fucking “getting over it” so lightly as you suggest I do.

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  46. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Rex

    Over to GD if you like or want

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  47. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    Rex,

    Your ‘hobby horse’ might better be described as being that “the system” will screw over all the innocent – and therefore that the degradation [your perception] in legal advice for defendants is yet but another nail in the coffin to go with the enormously corrupt [based on your continued comments] police force that ensures that our judicial system is screwed up from end-to-end [again, the view you seem to postulate continually.]

    Either way you cut my comments or your own response, your original comment about Powers’ changes was still off topic.

    Sorry for trip-trapping on your bridge…

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  48. KevinH (1,129 comments) says:

    The Law Faculty got it wrong cancelling the meeting on the basis of threats from the young Nats. It sets a precedent that must now be applied to all future meetings.
    The meeting was in fact held and the young Nats showed and behaved rather civily, therefore the fuss was for nothing.
    Tut tut Law Faculty, you may have inadvertently inteferred in the democratic processes of New Zealand.

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  49. Bob R (1,253 comments) says:

    ***The man is New Zealand’s answer to Le Pen – and he brings the country into disrepute in exactly the same way. ***

    @ Matt,

    Except Le Pen was quite right to be concerned about Islamic & North African immigration to France. That is a complete disaster and needs to be reversed. If you’re not sure why, read IQ & the Wealth of Nations.

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  50. scanner (340 comments) says:

    What a shame now we have the original thug claiming to have been bullied, didums perhaps the black mother f@#$er should tell his rabid mother to pull her scrawny spitefull head in.
    How much longer before this piece of shit and the rest of the criminal “born again Maori” family get kicked to the gutter they seem to have spawned from, Fuck off Hone aka John nobody wants or needs your familes brand of hate.

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  51. adze (1,695 comments) says:

    The facebook page linked in the OP has been taken down.

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  52. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (759 comments) says:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4992150/Harawira-may-be-out-of-time-for-by-election

    “The commission confirmed it received the Mana Party’s application today but said it usually takes between six to eight weeks to process an application.

    That means the party might not be registered before the Te Tai Tokerau by-election, which Prime Minister John Key today announced would take place on June 25, just over six weeks’ away.”

    “The usual six- to eight-week processing time allows for the commission to check evidence of party membership, before giving the public an opportunity to make submissions on the party name. ”

    that last bit is of real interest…

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  53. dion (95 comments) says:

    Toad, I actually agree with you – aside from the fact that you came very close to using the words “Hone” and “academic” in the same sentence.

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  54. Peter (1,471 comments) says:

    Wonder how long it will take to get through 1,000,000 submissions?

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  55. Nookin (2,890 comments) says:

    SSASLTTL

    He has less than the 6 weeks. I will have to check the Act but I think that the party must be registered well before the election date.

    Rex: Hone does not have the right to address maori law students on campus. He may do so with the permission of the faculty.
    What seems evident is that he was going to talk to the maori law students only. Was this a stipulation? Had he made it clear that pakeha students were excluded? The inference is there. If that was the case then good on the faculty.

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  56. calendar girl (1,108 comments) says:

    1. Since when did a political speech on the hustings become a “lecture” in academia?

    2. The University’s leadership showed by cancelling the planned speech that it can be intimidated rather too readily.

    3. I’m disappointed, DPF, that you support the Supreme Court’s slippery-slope decision on the burning of the NZ flag on ANZAC Day. That was an action calculated to give grave offence to many people present who deserved (and in some cases had earned through their own sacrifice) an opportunity to carry out their short act of public remembrance without disruption and provocation. In many such situations the prospect of a breach of the peace would be very real.

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  57. PaulL (5,776 comments) says:

    calendar girl: interesting choice of freedoms. For me, the right to burn the flag is pretty fundamental. Sure, actually exercising that right makes you an offensive nutjob, but nobody has a right to not be offended (at least, not that I’m aware of).

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  58. Aredhel777 (271 comments) says:

    I turned up hoping for drama and nothing happened. The protest group actually missed the boat and turned up 10 minutes after Hone had already entered the marae. I had a nice chat with them outside the Clocktower though. I was surprised to find that they were not exclusively white as Hone had claimed but there were a number of Asians and a black guy too. I teased them about being racist rednecks and then gapped it because I didn’t want to be associated with them. I had to be careful to avoid getting caught on camera though, the place was swarming with them.

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  59. SPC (4,675 comments) says:

    Hone was complaining not about the protest but the decision to cancel the lecture because of it.

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  60. James (1,338 comments) says:

    calendar girl: interesting choice of freedoms. For me, the right to burn the flag is pretty fundamental. Sure, actually exercising that right makes you an offensive nutjob, but nobody has a right to not be offended (at least, not that I’m aware of).

    Thanks PaulL….saved me some typing there. ;-0

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  61. Bobbie black (507 comments) says:

    All Hone will do is stir up racial unrest and hatred in the country.

    People will fight, will be assaulted, all in his name.

    And he will achieve what else?

    Oh he will get more air time in the media to feed his ego of course.

    Hone piss off back to wherever your ancestors came from.

    Somewhere near Hawaii wasn’t it?

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  62. calendar girl (1,108 comments) says:

    PaulL: I have sympathy with your position, but consider that the SC’s position was probably unrealistic. If the action was likely (and calculated?) to induce a breach of the peace the SC would say that such action was not lawful. In logic, that outcome should prevail regardless of whether or not an actual breach of the peace occurs.

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  63. James (1,338 comments) says:

    If the Woman was burning her OWN flag on public property (and we are all forced to be the “public” by the state) then there is no lawful excuse for anyone else to forcibly prevent her from doing so.( objective safety issues aside).There is no “right not to be offended” so there is no right to violate the rights of the offender in this context.Sure she may be a silly cow and offensive…but thats what freedoms all about…….

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  64. SPC (4,675 comments) says:

    Flag burning is designed to get attention, those inclinced to a breach of the peace response are just being provoked into serving the agenda of the protester.

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  65. By_Election (18 comments) says:

    # Aredhel777 (16) Says:
    May 12th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    “… not exclusively white as Hone had claimed but there were a number of Asians and a black guy too. ”

    Whats a black guy?

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  66. labrator (1,691 comments) says:

    Well I guess the nutjob could now say they’re “judicially recognised” flag burners. Apparently that’s something to be proud of.

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  67. rouppe (852 comments) says:

    “All of the rednecks at the university decided to create such a ruckus that the Law School cancelled it. In 2011 we’re still being pushed around,” Harawira said.

    Well, if you get burned often enough, of course your neck is going to go red…

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  68. Komata (971 comments) says:

    MMMM – must have missed something:

    Hone (a pseudo) Maori , speaking specifically to other (pseudo) Maori on an areas specifically designated as belonging to and for ‘Maori’, then claims that EVERYONE ELSE is racist?

    Does anyone else find there is a certain a contradiction evident here . . . ?

    One wonders.

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  69. Bobbie black (507 comments) says:

    What are the 5 words you connect with the word Maori?

    Here’s mine: Hateful, violent, lazy, racist, greedy.

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  70. Bobbie black (507 comments) says:

    And all thanks to Hone.

    Well done Hone.

    You have helped make ordinary Kiwis hate Maori.

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  71. Nookin (2,890 comments) says:

    Sorry, Bobby, but you don’t speak for me. Hone may be a dickhead but that is not because he is a maori. It’s because he is a dickhead. Just because he is a dickhead doesn’t mean every maori is a dickhead. I think you need to lay off the turps. It seems to have blurred the edges of your vision of nzers.

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  72. Bobbie black (507 comments) says:

    Maybe true Nookin.

    After all Hone never made it about race and being the white MOFO that I am what would I know?

    I wonder what the average Maori thinks of Hone?

    A dickhead?

    Then that is great.

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  73. Bobbie black (507 comments) says:

    It would show that no matter of race, or skin colour, Neo-Nazi Maori hate racists like Kyle Chapman and Maori extremist hate racists like Hone Harawira have no place in a modern NZ.

    I have faith in that too.

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  74. ciaron (1,165 comments) says:

    Just because he is a dickhead doesn’t mean every maori is a dickhead.

    I agree, but that perception can be understood when all the maori you see in the media or on telly are either being dickheads, as you so eloquently put it, or killing their partners babies…

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  75. rouppe (852 comments) says:

    ciaron

    Have these people been dickheads or killed their partners babies?
    1) Pita Sharples
    2) Tariana Turia
    3) Tamati Coffey
    4) Georgina Te Heuheu

    They are Maori. They are often in the media

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  76. ciaron (1,165 comments) says:

    1&2 have said some dickhed things from time to time.
    3, going by his surname one could suggest his maoriness was somewhat diluted.
    4 was only “often” in the media for a by-election and otherwise enjoys a cameo apperance.

    But lets not be disingenuousis; I was in fact refering to the average joe maori, not the celebrity maori which you have rattled off, but I suspect you knew that.

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  77. RRM (8,994 comments) says:

    It’s racist when white motherfuckers protest against you isn’t it hone?

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  78. eaglewatch (57 comments) says:

    Nookin…
    “What seems evident is that he was going to talk to the maori law students only. Was this a stipulation? Had he made it clear that pakeha students were excluded? The inference is there. If that was the case then good on the faculty.”

    Well written and undeniably true… nice !

    Now… “Law student Charlotte Summers said the Faculty of Law cancelled the lecture on the basis of “there may be a breach of the peace”.
    IT DOES NOT SAY WHERE THEY BELIEVED THAT BREACH OF THE PEACE MAY COME FROM !!! I would personaly be more concerned about Hone’s proven inability to control himself (physically and verbally) and his reaction to any protest that took place, not to mention the dead head fuckwit supporters that would have no doubt followed him like the pathetic little puppy dogs that they are.
    Good on the faculty for doing this as in my opinion it actually took more guts to do this than to just let it happen, I would however respectfully suggest that they have a much more stringent screening process (or more the point – thought process) for the people that they allow to speak.
    I mean seriously, what exactly did they think that this racially divisive fuckwit was going to contribute… his point of view on New Zealands history is factually incorrect and his intellect would be severly lacking in terms of bringing anything vaild to the proverbial table, the only thing that the faculty did wrong was even considering this in the first place.

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