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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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  • Shortboy said on 2009-11-10 @ 19:25 NZDT: Report abusive post

    I couldn't help that I was born here, and neither could my parents or grandparents. I can't help it that a few people that were of the same race as my ancestors did some stupid things. As for whites "raping the land", it shouldn't be assumed that the Tngata whenua were at all good for the land. The extinction of the moa being the first example to jump into my head. If Maori were presented with the same technology and knowledge then who's to say that they wouldn't of done the same.

  • chrisd55 said on 2009-11-10 @ 18:34 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Maybe Hone Harawira might have forgotten that his extra " prestige", perks and privileges came from the Maori Party riding along on Nationals' coattails,but I can guarantee a majority of ordinary NZ'ers won't have, or that they don't remember who pays for them-but "I don't care what other NZ'rs think"?? but he'll take what he can!! it is cringe making to think this man could or should represent me or my country as he simply has no admirable qualities of speech, attitude or behaviour.

  • MattP said on 2009-11-10 @ 18:19 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Hone Harawira should be sacked as an MP. His views actions and statements are unacceptable as a representative of any political party in NZ and shows that he is as racist as anyone. It is this type of attitude that got us into this situation in the first place. We are no longer in the 1800s. We need to move fwd with peace and negotiation, not speeches that promote hostility.

  • Kereama said on 2009-11-10 @ 16:46 NZDT: Report abusive post

    As a Maori I'm sad. As a Pakeha I'm angry. As a New Zealander I am outraged. It's his belligerence more than his words that I find particularly difficult to stomach.

  • krysd said on 2009-11-10 @ 14:48 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Harawira! You are making too much ugly noise. Are you trying to be intimidating or are you trying to drown out the noise of your trip to Paris. Either way, what you're doing is coming across as shallow. Man up and face the music

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