Sunday, 3 October 2010
03 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2010
"He Kakano ahau i ruia mai i Rangiātea."
"I am a seed, I will never be lost."
According to Te Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, he's an activist first and a politician second, which doesn't necessarily sit for comfortable times with the Māori Party position. He explains his decision to vote against The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill, which replaced the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act in its first reading, which saw him going against his Māori Party colleagues.
Dayle Takitimu sees The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill as yet another piece of legislation designed to alienate Māori ownership of "nga taonga katoa" as guaranteed under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Last month she was feeling the same about the draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.
She talks with Maraea Rakuraku about what motivated her to write an open letter to the Māori Party challenging what she saw as their silence on the issue.
This week's whakatauki was explained by Stan Walker nō Ngati Ranginui me Tuhoe.
Lick my Patu as performed by Dam Native from the album Iwi Hit Disc 24 (2007)