"In a wide-ranging speech at the Parihaka International Peace Festival in Taranaki at the weekend, the maverick Maori Party MP admitted he was trying to mind his language but said the sentiment remained and the "rape of Maori lands" continued.You are not minding your language enough IMO - the term 'rape of maori lands' is problematic for me. It provides an easy deflection for people who don't actually want to talk about the issue. And i think it is demeaning to women, men and children who have been raped. Yes it implies non-consent and a degrading of the victim and has a shock-factor but it is not the right term in my view.
"Last year I made the statement that white so-and-sos have been raping our lands and ripping us off and everyone hated me. All I was doing was holding up a mirror to New Zealand."Most people got irritated because you used it as some type of rationale for going to paris. Humility is also a noble attribute.
Mr Harawira, who is on an extended summer break from Parliament after making a public apology for his inflammatory email, then said the rape of Maori lands was not an issue confined to the past.
"The Foreshore and Seabed Act sits on our shoulders today. Here at Parihaka, January 9, 2010, we sit under the biggest land grab.
"There's a move to repeal that act, but it hasn't been repealed yet."
However, the foreshore and seabed solution was simple, the MP for Te Tai Tokerau said. "First, put all the foreshore and seabed in Maori title. That will take away the angst, anxiety and anger that has been with Maori forever. Second, make it unalienable so it's never able to be sold."Good solution.
Guaranteed access for all Kiwis would be the final step and was something most Maori had no problem with, he said.Again good.
Mr Harawira also hit out at Maori iwi leadership, saying many were now more focused on corporate activity and profit than caring for their people. "Great things are happening in corporate development but what about social work? Our people are starving, our children can't read, they can't write or count."Don't get sucked into fighting maori against maori. Yes we need to get more happening with our people. I do agree about the disconnect between corporate iwi and the people but it is not mutually exclusive - you can do both and we must do both otherwise we will always be dependant upon handouts.
"I tell the kids I've been to court on 35 charges and I'm now in Parliament. Any one of those kids could be prime minister."That's right Hone - you are part of maori leadership and i am looking forward to seeing you get some runs on the board.