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Harawira: "Goff and his mates should be shot"

Published: 12:07PM Tuesday November 10, 2009 Source: ONE News

Maori party MP Hone Harawira is again courting controversy, aggressively abusing other politicians in what was supposed to be a public apology.

The new comments came after the MPs public apology for sending an expletive-filled email which sparked accusations of racism.

He apologised for the language used in the email , but not the message.

Talking on the radio after having just apologised for calling white people motherf.....s, Harawira commented on Labour leader Phil Goff's calls to have him suspended, calling him a bastard.

"I'm saying to Phil Goff `beware mate, beware before you start throwing stones'."

Harawira told Radio Waatea that "Goff and his mates are responsible for the passing of a piece of legislation described as the single largest land nationalisation statute in the history of Aoteroa," refering to the Seabed and Foreshore Act.

He goes on to say that "If I should be suspended for swearing, then Goff and his mates should be lined up against a wall and shot."

Goff had earlier ripped into Harawira, saying there would be a howl of protest if a pakeha had said similar comments about another ethnic group, and that Harawira should be suspended.

He says for Harawira to try to defend his actions behind culture, when it's a lack of character which led to them - is totally unacceptable.

He will hold a news conference at Auckland University's Waipapa Marae at 3pm on Tuesday afternoon.

AUDIO: Listen to Hone Harawira's comments about Phill Goff (0:31) WARNING CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

tvnz.co.nz will be live streaming Hone Harawira's press conference today at 3pm.

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  • Greg Cramond said on 2011-01-28 @ 19:02 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Hone was in Kitimat (Canada) for a conference for American Indian Nations, did his usual racist rant and blamed white people for everything wrong and then left after being presented with the indian name of walking eagle... This means 'one so full of sh!t, he can not fly'. Hone, give it up mate, you look like an idiot... It is New Zealand, not Whites and Maoris, Us and Them, people like you incite racism... Let it go... Bro!

  • Rog said on 2009-12-02 @ 09:45 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Harawira should look at the history of his own race before criticising others. They stole land from, raped, murdered and ate their own people when they felt like it. He should read the book "This Horrid Practice" by Paul Moon plus accounts in the National Archives of Maori history.

  • shiloh said on 2009-11-30 @ 07:52 NZDT: Report abusive post

    It looks as though they are waiting for all the racist hype to quiten down, and then keep him on in the party. Mind you... when you think about it, if they kick him out, the Maori party will have to deal with the wrath of Hone's fans. And if they keep him, they have the rest of the country to deal with!! GET RID OF HIM! NZ has no room for racist politicians.

  • paulmmmm said on 2009-11-29 @ 18:18 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Being in New Zealand from Australia to witness Hone's spectacular racist and stupid remarks was fascinating. Do they help even if true? Hone, I wish you and your people all the best. At least the Maoris have a political party - Australian Aboriginies do not.

  • Zanziabar said on 2009-11-29 @ 18:12 NZDT: Report abusive post

    This is completely unacceptable, this is a truly horrendous double-standard applied to this entire political circus. As it has been pointed out before, If a Pakeha MP was to make the same comment about Maori then he would be expelled. Instead, We get a maori party unable to face up to it's responsibilities as a political party. Mark my words, there will be massive public outrage if he isn't expelled from his causcus.

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