Nothing to do with Hone

February 19th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

David Fisher at NZ Herald reports:

Three sons of anti-violence campaigner Hinewhare Harawira – and nephews of MP – are facing charges over an assault on a 12-year-old boy. …

The three sons facing charges of injuring with intent to injure in relation to the August 24 incident are Mau Toa Harawira, 30, Enesi Zane Brooks Taito, 25, and Tohora Harawira, 22.

Assaulting a child is loathsome. However I think the reference to Hone Harawira and headline of “Harawira sons charged” is inappropriate.

These three people are all adults. One of them is 30. Their uncle is not responsible for what they do. Even their mother is not responsible.

The parliamentary office of Hone Harawira, leader of the Mana Party and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, declined to comment.

He shouldn’t have been asked to comment. Would any other MP be asked to comment on what an adult nephew does?

Don’t take this to mean any support for the three men who have been charged. Three adult men beating up a 12 year old is awful, and if guilty they should be punished. But I don’t believe in guilt by association.

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76 Responses to “Nothing to do with Hone”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (3,262 comments) says:

    He shouldn’t have been asked to comment. Would any other MP be asked to comment on what an adult nephew does?

    Yes.

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  2. Judith (7,442 comments) says:

    Agree.

    I don’t offer any support to adults that beat on children (or other adults either) but to make someone guilty or responsible by association or ‘blood’ ties is stupid.

    Having said that (there is always a but!) should that person or persons have been present at the time or had prior knowledge of the act, and did not try to intervene, or have spoken out in defense of the violence, then they deserve criticism. Far too many people fail to step in or speak up when it comes to family violence.

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  3. GPT1 (2,086 comments) says:

    Agreed although Hone is hardly alone in inappropriate beat ups by the media.

    Besides he’s a big enough tool on his own without needing guilt by association.

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  4. queenstfarmer (742 comments) says:

    Sounds like it has a lot to do with Hone:

    Mana Party MP Hone Harawira has offered to help settle a dispute between three of his nephews and a 12-year-old boy the trio allegedly assaulted.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10866356

    Hone thinks that charges of kicking and punching a 12 year old boy are simply a “dispute” that he can “help settle”?!

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  5. beautox (430 comments) says:

    Please stop using the word “inappropriate” – it makes you sound like a lefty nanny-state type. “not relevant” is better.

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  6. Redbaiter (7,521 comments) says:

    “Please stop using the word “inappropriate” – it makes you sound like a lefty nanny-state type.”

    Well then…..

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  7. dime (9,351 comments) says:

    sorry DPF, i disagree.

    especially when we are talking about a high profile political family.

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  8. iMP (2,231 comments) says:

    Phil Goff claimed his nephew’s war record…

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  9. Lucia Maria (2,201 comments) says:

    I’d be wondering how they were raised, personally. One black sheep in a family can be understood, but three? No, that goes to upbringing.

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  10. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    Another generation of violent Harawira offenders.

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  11. RightNow (6,638 comments) says:

    “Mana Party MP Hone Harawira has offered to help settle a dispute between three of his nephews and a 12-year-old boy the trio allegedly assaulted.”

    When three thugs kicking a 12 year old doesn’t settle the dispute you clearly need a fourth.

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  12. wreck1080 (3,719 comments) says:

    I say fuck it.

    Hone acts like a jerk and is a racist to boot.

    So, since normal rules do not apply to Hone then anything goes.

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  13. Cunningham (811 comments) says:

    I agree but the fact that Hone is a complete fuckwit means he brings this sort of thing on himself. Maybe watching their entire family (including Hone) act the way they do goes some way towards explaining offenders behaviour.

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  14. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    matriarch Titewhai Harawira was furious when she heard about the alleged incident

    Furious that her mokopuna got caught?

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  15. Jack5 (4,565 comments) says:

    Bloody Hatfields!

    We recall the Hatfield name change to Harawira. We know the Hatfields and the McCoys waged the most famous feud in modern Western history. Genes of the Ulster folk of both these families show up all over the English-speaking world.

    So don’t rush to blame the Ngapuhi for any “boisterousness” of the Harawira-Hatfields.

    The Hatfield-McCoy feud’s now a film. If you click on the link below to the trailer you will hear a Hatfield say: “I come unarmed to ask you for my boys.” Perhaps they were in their 30s, too.

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  16. Nostalgia-NZ (4,894 comments) says:

    If he had more political instinct he’d speak out against what the nephews did. It doesn’t seem to be in dispute because it’s a summary they’ve agreed on apparently. Speaking out against what they did, rather than who they are may have given him some credit, particularly if the language was strong enough..’they are my nephews but what they have done….’

    Heaps reading here will believe that Hone is deeply flawed, despite that he has a place in politics and the electorate, but stuff like this happening possibly shows one of his true flaws – an inability to take the wider view when it comes to his family. From what little is released it seems apparent that this was not only an serious assault against a child, but a robbery was well. Mana might be sticking with family through thick and thin, but I don’t think it extends to being silent when they do things wrong, probably the opposite.

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  17. Ricardo (54 comments) says:

    The family’s name was HADFIELD, not HATFIELD.

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  18. Kacang (36 comments) says:

    It’s called whanau

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  19. snowy (106 comments) says:

    If they were the nephews of an ex All Black the media would make mention of it (for reasons I can’t fathom).

    So why not a sitting MP?

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  20. iMP (2,231 comments) says:

    Ricardo, it’s HATfield, not Had~

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  21. Griff (6,690 comments) says:

    The family is recognized for its activity in politics.
    On the question of law and order and violence members have been convicted of crimes prior.
    The mother is a anti violence complainer .
    The grandmother uncles etc are over represented at almost all protest in New Zealand.
    We are told to believe that these people are the voice of maori.
    So yes in that context it is newsworthy and a valid News story.
    Does maoridom really want the world to see them as Harawira’s?

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  22. mikemikemikemike (301 comments) says:

    I think you’ll find the answer is yes. If John Keys son attended a KKK rally or was in trouble with the police I’d put money on it being made a point of.

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  23. Akaroa (534 comments) says:

    Aw, come on David!!

    Of course Hone should have been asked to comment!.

    He’s a public figure, and anything of a newsworthy – or scandalous – nature such as these circumstances is probably, or almost certainly, going to prompt some news agency to put the question:

    “Tell me, Mr Harawira, have you any comment to make in relation to the report that persons related to you are alleged to have………….”

    Public figure? Public property!

    Private Life? Only when reported to be suffering from a life threatening disease – and even THAT didn’t stop non-stop news about Paul Holmes, did it?.

    Public life is a hard unforgiving place in which to exist – you’re everybody’s property – all of the time!!

    Get used to it!

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  24. Ricardo (54 comments) says:

    Hi Imp. There have been Hadfields around Northland for many generations, but I have never heard of any Hatfields. The Hadfields at one time had an association with the Anglican church. There may have been a Bishop Hadfield in the maori pastorate.

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  25. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    I wish youse fellas would stop picking on brainy,beautiful bro’s like these eh! :)

    http://www.google.co.nz/imgres?imgurl=http://liberation.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451d75d69e2017c369f3ae5970b-800wi&imgrefurl=http://liberation.typepad.com/liberation/2013/02/images-of-titewhai-harawira-and-the-harawiras.html&h=406&w=594&sz=113&tbnid=iG8l2rZX7gr06M:&tbnh=95&tbnw=139&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhone%2Bharawira%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=hone+harawira&usg=__-jCgVbJbb7fSch5BSNIkEpqgNBg=&docid=SoLRO3Fvx8EsFM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZgIjUdGxKuvwmAXN9oCoDQ&ved=0CDoQ9QEwAg&dur=3105

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  26. Ricardo (54 comments) says:

    http://tekaiatewhetu.tribalpages.com/

    Imp For your info. Note the Hadfield/Harawira family reference. There is no mention of any Hatfields.

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  27. thedavincimode (6,512 comments) says:

    There may have been a Bishop Hadfield in the maori pastorate

    It would seem then that it wasn’t just the Maori pastorate he was in. I wonder whether the Harawiras would have been quite as awful were it not for the fact of some pakeha blood upstream. That must incense them.

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  28. Steve (North Shore) (4,489 comments) says:

    Now this is going to fuck things up seriously if it goes to Court.
    Who is being charged? a Harawira, a Hadfield, or a Hatfield?

    Many Moaris have many names for different purposes
    The other thing matriarch – tribal mother of feral scum

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  29. grumpyoldhori (2,410 comments) says:

    Come on Hone is a darkie, so he is guilty.

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  30. Scott Chris (5,868 comments) says:

    Nothing to do with Hone

    Again, well said David Farrar. I’m no fan of Hone Harawira, but what an appallingly misleading piece of crap journalism. The Herald should hang its head in shame.

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  31. Jack5 (4,565 comments) says:

    Re Ricardo (5.10 post):

    I think you will find that there are still Hatfields, too, in Northland.

    Even if you were correct, Ricardo, you will be aware of the fluidity of spelling of surnames until a century or less ago.

    This quote from House of names genealogy site:

    …many variations of the name Hadfield have been found, including Hatfield, Hatfeild,Hadfield and others

    Perhaps we should have a play on the old saying "the real McCoy": Are the Harawiras the real McCoys?

    And Grumpy, no, not a “darky”, that’s the point. Maybe he’s of them hillbillies.

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  32. Joseph Carpenter (210 comments) says:

    No “guilt by association”.
    No intergenerational transference of guilt.
    I wish someone would tell the Hadfield clan, the Waitangi Commission and our esteemed Supreme Court justices that.

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  33. duggledog (1,331 comments) says:

    I’m going to have my say on this one, because I’m sick of hearing about this wasp’s nest.

    Yes, they should have asked Hone Harawira for comment, because everyone knows the loathsome racist MP has poisoned his entire whanau, including the Popata brothers, not to mention the wider feral community, as his mother did before him. This is a tight clan, they clearly hate the rest of us and don’t hide their agenda. Ask anyone from their neck of the woods – I have; these are the ‘haters and wreckers’.

    They (like some in the media – we all know which ones) are all complicit in this ongoing fostering of hatred and resentment towards the 95%, and as this story shows, callous violence and disrespect towards anyone who’s got what they ain’t got is all part of it. The anger may well have some substance but what the fuck can an ordinary person do about it? We’re already paying through the nose for low quality Maori spending, the latest of which is some bullshit ‘alternative medicine’ which our ‘Western way of thinking’ can’t comprehend!

    ‘Anti violence campaigners’ spare me. Just another way to suck some funds from someone else.

    Shit breeds shit breeds shit. Ordinary Maori need to distance themselves from mongrels like the Harawiras because more and more kiwis not to mention immigrants are lumping them all in together. One day the patience (read money) is gonna run out.

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  34. Reid (15,904 comments) says:

    So this is what a 22, 25 and 30 y.o. did:

    It alleged they had spent the early afternoon drinking at a relative’s home in Blockhouse Bay before heading to a nearby beach on Manukau Harbour.

    Also at the beach reserve was the 12-year-old boy, who was playing with a toy.

    The men claimed that as they were leaving, they saw the boy “mouthing some words at them”.

    According to the police summary, they pulled the car over and gave chase, following the boy to his home before returning for the car and parking it in the driveway.

    The police statement alleged Mau Harawira opened a ranchslider door and walked into the house shouting for the boy, who was in his bedroom.

    Police alleged the boy was struck and thrown to the ground before Enesi Taito joined his brother and “punched and kicked the victim about the head and torso as he has lain on the ground” trying to cover his head with his arms.

    The two men then dragged the boy out of his bedroom “by his hair and arms” and onto the deck, where Tohora Harawira was waiting, the police claimed.

    Enesi Taito slapped the boy several more times while Mau Harawira went back inside the house and took a PlayStation3, games, two pairs of sport shoes and a baseball cap, the police summary claimed.

    The boy pleaded for the men not to take his belongings.

    Police alleged Mau Harawira replied: “Calm, calm, or I will beat you again.”

    So first of all these guys are real quick to take offence, aren’t they: “they saw the boy “mouthing some words at them”.”

    Yeah, what went through their sophisticated, peaceful minds at that point? My guess is: “Hey look cuzzy bro, that fulla over there is [leap to conclusion] being racist. Aw foo man, that fulla needs a hiding, eh.”

    What’s the bet the conversation was something along those lines.

    Secondly, HE’S 12 YEARS OLD BUT NO WORRIES, WE DON’T CARE. (Because these boys have been raised not to care. By this time one assumes, given their execrable upbringing filled with racist hatred, they were white hot with [probably invented] outrage.)

    Thirdly, they pursue the 12 YEAR OLD into HIS HOME. How many of us would have stopped at the driveway and just given up? But no, not the Harawiras. They’re going to give this fulla a bashing, eh. Teach him a lesson, foo. (Because, due to their racist appalling upbringing, these children in men’s bodies were no doubt thinking of nothing, absolutely nothing, but utu. (As their execrable parents and grandparents had no doubt drilled into them since they were babies.)

    And so on.

    I really hope the judge throws the book at these thugs. AND condemns their parents and any other whanau caregivers involved in their upbringing, for doing such a palpably useless job at raising civilised human beings.

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  35. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    Still Reid you could say that they were lucky that the 12 year old never pulled a shotgun and blew the whole of the three useless bastards away.

    I wouldn’t rush into judgement mode too soon.

    It may be that the 12 year old is a relly? :)

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  36. markm (97 comments) says:

    Garbage David.

    This is a Family who have set themselves up as the representatives of the Maori nation.
    This is a family whos sons assaulted the PM , whos matriach has assaulted…. well several people.
    This is the family who s son may well hold the balance of power at the next election , a man who calls whiteys mother fuckers.

    Hones attempt at minimising the assault of a 12 year old by 3 adult males is shocking.
    it isnt a dispute Hone its a bloody serious assault .

    Their would be a lot of houses were , if the parents were home , in this case , at least one of the Harawiras would be dead.

    Good riddance to the Harawira clan , stop defending them David

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  37. orewa1 (428 comments) says:

    Sorry David but the headline “Harawira sons charged” is absolutely appropriate.

    Almost at the moment their mother was taking centre stage in a taxpayer-funded anti-violence campaign, her sons were acting as loathsome thugs against a twelve year old. The perception of a role model mother needs to be corrected.

    Taxpayers need to know that their money designed to go to diminish family violence is going to mothers who cant control their own kids and whose own kids are thugs and hoons who attack 12 year olds on flimsy grounds.

    If it was a single black sheep it might be different. But this exposes a culture that the public need to know about. If it were the Key or Paula Bennet family the issue would be the same.

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  38. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    Not voting Mana in 2014 then markm? :)

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  39. Nostalgia-NZ (4,894 comments) says:

    Johnboy 7.15

    You could be right on the mark with the rellie question.

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  40. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    You do get the impression that the three lowlifes knew what he had worth pinching N-NZ. Sounds a bit Cuzzie to me! :)

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  41. Nostalgia-NZ (4,894 comments) says:

    Or regaining something from obscure ownership.

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  42. big bruv (13,198 comments) says:

    Rubbish DPF. This has everything to do with Hone. Just where do you think these two get their “fuck the white mans rules” attitude from?

    It is a fair assumption that the entire family are scum.

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  43. David Garrett (6,307 comments) says:

    DPF: Whether you like it or not, the doings of politicians’ rellies has ALWAYS been news: the fact that Winston Churchill’s father died of syphilis was used against him; Jimmy Carter’s embarassing brother Billy was news; I recall when I was in there the fact that Phil Goff’s daughter was arrested with a couple of tabs of ecstasy was “news”.

    And in this case, Hone is the one who is always banging on about “whanau” and how Maori are special in that regard as well as many others…Why would you expect the media to be less concerned about Hone’s violent nephews than Phil Goff’s daughter, who popped an eccy and got caught with a couple of others in her purse?

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  44. Northland Wahine (647 comments) says:

    I find it very hard to believe the matriarch and her heir apparent were not aware of this assault before yesterday. Not only do they think we’re beneath them, apparently we’re stupid to boot.

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  45. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,787 comments) says:

    I say chaps, go for a drive from Auckland to Warkworth and you’ll pass HATFIELDS BEACH

    Perhaps the Hadfields to whom you refer were spoken of by Julia Gillard who, for the moment, is big on stabilidy and cerdaindy.

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  46. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    And we are not as beautiful either! :)

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  47. Longknives (4,384 comments) says:

    I applaud the Herald for having the courage to report this- If John Key’s or Winston Peter’s nephews had been involved in a home invasion and attacked a child I think you would find it would be front page news…

    Having had the pleasure of meeting some of the Harawira clan and being threatened and racially taunted by these neanderthals I have absolutely zero sympathy for this moronic family of criminal scum. That includes Uncle “Dirty Stinking Pakehas” Hone..

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  48. David Garrett (6,307 comments) says:

    Wahine: And of course old aunty Titewhai has form!

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  49. Northland Wahine (647 comments) says:

    David, can you imagine the outcry, chest beating, the wailing if, say, a white cop, approached a 12 year old harawira offspring for mouthing off, just approached him, not beaten. The war cry would be racist colonisation!

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  50. Reid (15,904 comments) says:

    And of course old aunty Titewhai has form!

    Only because “the system” is institutionally wacist David. Especially when it gives them their dole payments. After all, if it wasn’t so wacist, it’d be twice as much. What more evidence do you need?

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  51. David Garrett (6,307 comments) says:

    Wahine: Yes indeed…in fact I think any time a cop approaches a Maori it’s racist and colonization in action, isn’t it? Not at your house, but I believe not so much farther afield?!!

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  52. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    headline of “Harawira sons charged” is inappropriate.

    If they had been the relations of a senior policeman or Judge or lawyer or blogger the headline would read the same similar always has been always will be

    And what he means by offering to mediate or sort out usually with this lot is the family descends on the victims family en masse and bullies the crap out of them. The wider Hawawira family are not nice people, Hone is the most sensible of the lot

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  53. Northland Wahine (647 comments) says:

    Not too far afield at all, David.

    David F, the only thing that the herald balls-ed up was Harawira sons, headline.. Yes, they are the offspring of a harawira so technically, the headline is correct. It was done intentionally to embarrass hone… Excuse me if my heart forgoes bleeding…

    Hinewhare’s holier than thou attitude once again highlights this family’s hypocrisy. The reason why the media pays you so much attention has bugger all to do with your family looks, it’s because you’re thugs… Simple.

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  54. scrubone (3,044 comments) says:

    Bill English’s son’s facebook postings were held up as some reflection on the father a few years back.

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  55. Nostalgia-NZ (4,894 comments) says:

    ‘The wider Hawawira family are not nice people, Hone is the most sensible of the lot’

    He can improve on that, he can lead his family into seeing how the wider public view such events, and concentrate less on defending or ignoring the members who need their arses kicked no matter what the background to this event might be.

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  56. Snarkle (118 comments) says:

    On a related matter, the Mana party has released its campaign song for the next election. It will be “Hone the lonely”. (thanks to McPhail and Gadsby)

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  57. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    Snarkle – are Mana ditching the ubiquitous gangsta rap, then?

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  58. rouppe (911 comments) says:

    I think … the headline of “Harawira sons charged” is inappropriate.

    Really? They are the sons of Hinewhare Harawira. Of course the term “Harawira sons” is appropriate. What else do you call them? You know who’s sons? They aren’t Voldermort offspring!

    No-one complained about Millie Elder constantly being constantly referred to as “Paul Holmes’ daughter”.

    Nothing wrong with the reporting. Hone injected himself to try and “settle” (i.e. intimidate) the victim into not pressing charges. He brought the attention on himself.

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  59. Snarkle (118 comments) says:

    Well, they were going to try a new rap which went:
    “The name’s Hone, and I’m here to say
    A good idea came the other day
    A solution to our probs is just within reach
    Whitey pack yourself lunch and head to the beach”
    It was rejected

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  60. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    :)

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  61. infused (634 comments) says:

    Was good to see Hone in one of those “Ah fuck” moments.

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  62. Reid (15,904 comments) says:

    The reason why the media pays you so much attention has bugger all to do with your family looks

    You noticed that too Waihine. What is wrong with them (the Harawira’s)? I mean, do ALL of them think like juvenile 12 year olds, even when they’re running round in adult bodies? Do they ALL have some kind of genetic deficiency? Has there been too much inbreeding perhaps?

    I can’t say I’ve ever seen one Harawira who you could call normal by any stretch, every single time they’re in the news, one deformity or another ALWAYS comes to light.

    It’s not in their bodies of course (after all, they’re “good looking” apparently (although why they’d think that, I have no idea, I haven’t ever seen an attractive Harawira sheila, ever)), it’s in their minds. I mean look at them. How the hell could you look at that in the mirror and think it was “good looking?” They HAVE to be insane. There’s no other explanation.

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  63. KevinH (1,131 comments) says:

    While I agree with DPF’s sentiments that we should not be judgemental by condemning Hone through guilt by association, nevertheless, when the shit is being thrown around, some sticks.For the Harawira whanau this incident damages their credibility, their mana, you have to walk the talk.
    As for the men who assaulted that boy, you are bullshit and deserve the kick in the ass coming your way.
    With respect to Hone Harawira, get your own house in order before commenting on others.

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  64. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    kevinH

    The Hawawira clan has no mana, they are bullies and I not even including ‘one eye’ he’s a unit all on his own

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  65. lilman (882 comments) says:

    Fucking disgrace,these words from the wife a Taranaki wahine of great valour.
    Still cant fathom why the cowards arent charged with home invasion.

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  66. Scott Chris (5,868 comments) says:

    scrubone (1,958) Says:
    February 19th, 2013 at 8:29 pm
    Bill English’s son’s facebook postings were held up as some reflection on the father a few years back.

    So you were taken in by the headline it seems. That’s what I object to. The headline, not the story.

    The alleged perps are Hone Harawira’s nephews, not his sons in spite of what you appear to have been led to believe by the intentionally misleading headline “Harawira Sons Charged”

    Dishonest fuckers.

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  67. Mark (1,356 comments) says:

    Jack5 (2,799) Says:
    February 19th, 2013 at 4:50 pm
    Bloody Hatfields!

    We recall the Hatfield name change to Harawira.

    Jack I went to Rosebank Road primary school in Avondale with Hone Harawira as a 6-10 year old and the family and Hone were known as Harawira’s then. This blog is the first time I have ever heard any reference to Hadfield or Hatfield. He was also never referred to or called John at that time, it was Hone.

    So your recollection is interesting as that was around 50 years ago.

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  68. David Garrett (6,307 comments) says:

    I dont know why there is this fixation about Harawira and his supposed “Hadfield” past….but I asked him about it once, and he said it was another branch of his family who had that name…came from an early Bishop I believe…there may have been some extra marital hanky panky…

    Whatever his name is, he is an odious racist….

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  69. Stamper (32 comments) says:

    Griff (4,295) Says:
    February 19th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    YES

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  70. Stamper (32 comments) says:

    Griff (4,295) Says:
    February 19th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    “Does maoridom really want the world to see them as Harawira’s?”

    YES

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  71. Jack5 (4,565 comments) says:

    Re Mark at 10.28 and David Garrett at 10,40:

    Ngapuhi elder David Rankin, a relative of Hone Harawira, was reported by the NBR in August 2010 as having said on Campbell Live on TV3 on 3rd August 2010 that Hone Harawira’s original name was Hone Hatfield.

    Hone has on at least one occasion denied this, but it may have been his father’s generation that changed the surname to Harawira from Hone’s grandfather’s surname.

    Rankin was reported as saying on the Campbell show: “Remember Hone, your grandfather was a Pakeha.”

    So is Hone a member of the Hatfield clan or is he a full, real McCoy Harawira?

    The way some of his Harawira relatives behave I suspect the Harawiras share some of the wild Ulster genes of the famous feuding hillbillies.

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  72. david (2,531 comments) says:

    What is it with claims of inherited violent dispositions. This is ALL nurture being expressed. As such the family environment can be held accountable for the actions of these bottom-feeding scumbags and that includes the cuzzies and the aunties and the uncles who have had an influence on the attitudes.

    When sober they might be OK but it could be claimed that their true nature becomes expressed when they have had a bellyfull of white-man’s brew.

    Aaaaah – the true culprit must be the colonial oppressors (white mo-fos that they are) and the introduction of beer. Quick, call Tariana and get up a campaign to sell beer in plain packaging as it is a scourge of the brown class and we must protect the mokopuna from themselves. What the f#@* is personal responsibility? No such thing North of the Bombay Hills

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  73. gracious (11 comments) says:

    I must have missed the court case – were they found guilty?

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  74. LiberalismIsASin (288 comments) says:

    He may not be responsible but the racist and hate filled philosophy of the Harawiras probably has a lot to do with the actions of these cowardly thugs.

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  75. unpcnzcougar (52 comments) says:

    I agree this should have been reported. The Harawira’s have a history of violence. Anyone remember Mommy dearest beating up patients under a programme that was supposed to rehabilitate them. She also was very threatening on Waitangi day. Hone wants Maori to stop beating their kids, so yes this is of public interest.

    Also there have been many instances of children/relatives of MP’s or celebrities being in the news as mentioned above. I recall Annette King’s (I think) daughter being caught was it for drugs in a car or crashing a Ministerial car.

    Tamihere is often asked questions about his brother.

    If you are in the public eye then so are your family – that’s just the way it is.

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  76. Right of way is Way of Right (1,129 comments) says:

    David, it’s not too often I disagree with you, but in this case I am afraid I must, and that is for two reasons.

    Firstly, we have been told for years about the solidarity of the Maori Whanau, and especially the Whangai concept, where a member of the extended family raises a child. If you are part of a people who embrace the whole concept of an extended family, then you cannot hide away from it when it goes wrong.

    Secondly, one of the reasons that Titewhai Harawira ended up escorting the Prime Minster on to Te Tii Marae was that other kuia and the people of Tai Tokerau were subjected to overt threats ov violence by the Harawira’s, Popata’s and their ilk. If this family wish to parade their tenedencies to violence to get what they want, then when it get’s reported in such a setting, they should not be able to resile from that behaviour!

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