Duncan - would you describe yourself as an activist or an MP?
Hone - an activist - an activist before I came in, an activist MP and hopefully an activist still when I get out of parliment.An activist MP - I like that, we need members of parliment like that and yes sometimes they push the line too far but I'd rather that than meekness. Hone is an activist - he activates and who else within that parliment is going to push maori issues in the same way?
Duncan - hasn't john key stripped your mana from you (the maori party)?
Hone - yeah he has.The truth is hard sometimes but it has to be faced and then it can be remedied.
Duncan - if it came to a choice (between labour and national after the last election) who would it be?
Hone - the greens... if it come to a choice for me of who we would go into coalition with first , it will always be the greens.Yes yes yes! - music to my ears. This is the way to go and we are seeing some excellent early activity - yah.
The rest on the interview goes downhill fast as garner tries to get Hone to say something contoversial - what an absolute tosser garner is -, he must be desperate to try, "do you dislike pakeha?" Hone holds it together and answers very well - good work.
Hone showed good composure and his mana was evident. garners weak attempt to goad Hone was pathetic in it's intent and implementation, but it gave hone the chance to explain his position again so that was good.
I respect Hone and his kaupapa - this was a strong performance that bodes well for maori politically.