Takutai Moana Bill: Hikoi
The hikoi is on.
We will arrive at Parliament on Tuesday the 22nd of March 2011 in time to oppose the final reading of the Coastal Marine bill that if passed will remove our rights forever as tangata whenua.
However we have a strong message and staunch support. The message is to the government who make decisions on our behalf that for right or for wrong, they must listen to the people of this country. They must uphold the democratic rights that are the cornerstone of the legal system of this country.
The Hikoi is still about the takutaimoana, even though there are so many important issues happening in Aotearoa and indeed the entire Pacific Rim, but they all eventually relate to the takutaimoana and the way that it is being managed.
The Hikoi is not for Maori exclusively, but for all whanau that oppose injustice and support fairness and rights for tangata whenua.
Throughout the next 8 days, whanau and supporters from throughout the country are invited to join the march, in their town and ctiy that the Hikoi will pass through.
There will be no toleration for drugs, alcohol or ulterior motives in this Hikoi.
We ask that all people joining us maintain the dignity of our tupuna by being on their best behaviour and looking after one another, as safety of our elders and our families is paramount.
Tuesday 15th March - Kawakawa to Auckland
Wednesday 16th March - Hikoi through Auckland
Thursday 17th March - Auckland to Tauranga
Friday 18th March - Te Puke - Rotorua
Saturday 19th March - Taupo to Hastings
Sunday 20th March - Palmerston North to Otaki
Monday 21st March - Otaki to Wellington
Tuesday 22nd March - Parliament House, Wellington
media contact for Hikoi 027 200 1840
ahiparaonline at gmail.com
There will be immense pressure on the Maori Party MPs come Tuesday, especially Rahui Katene who still has her original FSA2004 repeal bill down at the end of the parliamentary docket.The Maori Party are not demonstrating they have won any concessions from National in this fix. The arguments of Hone, the Greens - and even Labour - will be far more pursuasive than whatever limp excuses the Maori Party MPs will throw up for having passed what will be called a raupatu in our time. This event alone could make Hone and break the Maori Party.
I saw an item on Maori TV last night on a poll in Waiariki that has the electorate split almost evenly on the issue of Hone, followed by concern about Hone's treatment from a rangatahi group in Rotorua. Hone was on the Native Affairs show with Julian Wilcox the other night specifically naming towns in Waiariki who had expressed interest in hearing from him. This is Te Ururoa's turf and he is facing an internal electorate implosion. He will be under pressure to deliver something out of this mess or he will be as gone as Pita and Rahui.