Hone Harawira. Photo by NZPA.
Maori Party MP Hone Harawira has now said Labour leader
Phil Goff should be "shot" for his party's foreshore and seabed
Mr Harawira had just apologised on Radio Waatea for calling
white people motherf...ers this morning, when he called Mr
Goff a bastard.
"Actually I am about to hammer Labour again about Phil Goff
telling me I should be suspended from politics. The cheek of
the bastard," he said.
"If I should be suspended for swearing, him and his mates
should be lined up against a wall and shot," he said.
"I'm saying to Phil Goff `beware mate, beware before you
start throwing stones'."
Mr Goff laughed off the comments and said Mr Harawira had
failed to address any of the issues.
"It is a silly comment. I can't take that sort of thing
seriously, but what the public of New Zealand are looking for
was an apology, an apology for ripping off the taxpayer, an
apology for abusing people in racist and obscene language,"
Mr Goff said.
"There is no contrition there, he is proud of ripping the
taxpayer off and he genuinely believes that white people are
to blame for all of his problems."
There was a need for leadership from the Maori Party and
Prime Minister John Key to take action as know no apology
"If he apologises now that will be phoney because he actually
believes that every problem he has is down somehow to Pakeha
people in this country. That is simply a nonsense."
Mr Goff said he did not think his father would appreciate him
being called a bastard, but the shooting comment was stupid.
"I have been abused by better people than Hone."
Mr Harawira's remarks followed an apology in which he said
sorry for his language, but not his message, in a
controversial email sent to former Waitangi Tribunal director
Mr Mikaere wrote to Mr Harawira over his decision to leave
Brussels, where he was visiting as part of a parliamentary
delegation, and take his wife to Paris for the day.
Mr Harawira responded: "White motherf...ers have been raping
our lands and ripping us off for centuries and all of a
sudden you want me to play along with their puritanical
The Maori Party leadership, Prime Minister John Key, and Race
Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres were among those who
have called for an apology.
Mr Key said he felt people were a bit sick of the "Hone
Harawira sideshow" and there were more important things for
him to worry about.
"Firstly his comments were offensive last week. I think New
Zealanders were offended by them and so in one sense they
will be pleased that there is an apology of sorts," Mr Key
"I will leave them to judge the merits of that apology."
Mr Key did not accept Labour's criticism that he was not
being tough enough about Mr Harawira.
"He's not my MP. He is an MP for the Maori Party. My
relationship is with the leadership of the Maori Party," Mr
"I'm sure their views certainly don't reflect the ones we
heard echoed from Hone Harawira last week. At the end of the
day he is a bit of a firebrand. He says some thing in a
different way and I don't think it has any impact on our
Maori Party co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples said
in a statement that they had not met to discuss their MP's
A hui would be held with the party's senior leaders and Mr
Harawira's Tai Tokerau electorate committee to reflect on
At this meeting collective wisdom would be used to find a
"common understanding and joint position", they said.
They would be making no comment prior to this as it might
prejudice attempts to find a consensus.
Mr Harawira said sorry for his "poor choice of words" and the
offence they caused.
He should have instead referred to what European colonisers
had done, the MP for Te Tai Tokerau said.
He accepted his language had damaged his party, Maori-Pakeha
relations and he apologised for demeaning women.
The controversy had damaged his credibility and he would be
doing "serious bridge building" with his caucus, who he also
Mr Harawira was "pissed off" by the email and reacted.
"I suspect if I had said something like `European colonisers
have been responsible for the loss of more than 63 million
acres of Maori land over the past 150 years, and it is
inappropriate that you should be holding me to standards set
by people with such little regard for Maori land and Maori
custom,' it wouldn't have rated a mention at all in the
media." However the language had caused an unwanted reaction;
"and for that I do apologise".