Footnote - whilst I stick by the post mel on Maui Street has added a comment which really made me think
Mel said... What Hone actually did was a mihi to the dead, which is a Maori custom "...ahakoa ko wai te tangata" despite who the person is. Those are the things you say whenever you hear of someone's passing. That is the tikanga.
If you listen to the video, Scotty Morrison is the one who mentions Osama being a freedom fighter ("engari he tangata tino whaiwhai mo te tino rangatiratanga o tona iwi nera? me ona whakapono") and Hone acknowledges that. But he's not saying 'oh yay he was a choice dude' but points out that he was a human being who had a family/tribe/people that will mourn him...
"no reira, he tikanga kia kaua e takahi i te mate engari me mihi atu ki a ia mo nga mahi e whai nei i a ia i te waiora"
'therefore, the custom is don't trample on the dead, but instead celebrate the good things he did'
Please please watch the article in question and read the subtitles before you go spouting the same tripe as mainstream media.
They have deliberately twisted Hone's reo me ona tikanga into saying something he wasn't.
It is a willful misuse of te reo and a twisting of our tikangaThanks Mel you have added good knowledge into the debate. I note also that Hone has apologised - fair enough - i'm sorry too for not getting the full story.