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Harawira declares war on ‘corporate takeover’ of NZ

Mar 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

MANA Movement leader Hone Harawira is urging New Zealanders to use civil disobedience tactics  against what he describes as the “corporate takeover” of the country.

Occupying properties, disrupting businesses, blocking motorways and closing off intersections during peak traffic are just some of the strategies Mr Harawira endorsed at a Mana meeting in Wellington’s Newtown last night.

Mr Harawira (right) condemned government plans to partially privatise four state-owned energy companies, and dismissed the government’s claims that asset sales will open the doors to “mum and dad” investors.

“Rather than being managed for the benefit of all of us, these companies will operate purely for profit, and it’ll be irreversible.

“The profits aren’t going to go to mum and dad, the profits will come from mum and dad paying higher power bills,” he said.

“It’s not just about fighting this or that piece of legislation, we have to stand together and fight back against the corporate takeover of this country.

“We need to stop the juggernaut in its tracks, and that will take action on a whole bunch of levels. It’s time we brought the war home. We’re in a war for our children’s future.”

While the focus stayed on asset sales, Mr Harawira discussed a variety of issues over the course of the two hour meeting, raising concerns about welfare reforms, the growing gap between rich and poor and the difficulties facing young people in New Zealand.

He criticised the idea that the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process has delivered a better life to Maori in New Zealand.

He argued instead that against the backdrop of an emerging Maori elite, while “iwi corporates” are doing exceedingly well this has not translated into a way out of poverty for most Maori.

Towards the end of the evening a heated exchange took place between Mr Harawira and Wellington political journalist Gordon Campbell.

Mr Campbell suggested that the political controversy and legal restrictions on investment could force down the price of the privatised assets, resulting in them being sold for less than their actual value.

Mr Campbell, who is strongly opposed to asset sales, was subjected to a barrage of swear words by Mr Harawira.

The Mana Party leader angrily declared that he fully intended to destroy the price by any means at his disposal, whether for overseas or New Zealand investors.

“That’s one tactic, I suppose,” Mr Campbell was heard to mutter.

Mr Harawira said he intends to use all the resources available to him as a Member of Parliament to travel up and down the country, holding meetings, giving speeches and taking action to mobilise support for his cause.

“Certain officials in parliament don’t want me doing or saying these things, but now I’m leader of the Mana Movement I don’t have to listen to them,” he said.

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  1. That awkward moment when you agree with someone you highly dislike.

  2. Humans are cheap, equipment is expensive. A swath of broken bodies and minds left in the wake, the tab to be picked up by the government and by extension the citizens of New Zealand.

  3. Not a huge fan of Hone, but I have to give him full support with this! It is unbelievable what the current incompetent and corrupt Gov’t is doing to NZ by the week! It is time we stood up and said “NO!”

  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV9A2IGShuk

    Everything Hone is saying is on the button. Watch David Icke’s link (above), we are moving towards a One World Order. It is time to wake up and if civil disobedience is how we get our message through to our corrupt govt. , so be it. We have to make a stand today before its’ too late.

  5. I was at the meeting and heard the

    “heated exchange took place between Mr Harawira and Wellington political journalist Gordon Campbell”

    and it didn’t seem to me to have any heat in it at all. While Hone did speak firmly about his views there did not appear to be any antagonism between the two.

    As to

    “Mr Campbell, who is strongly opposed to asset sales, was subjected to a barrage of swear words by Mr Harawira”

    that is complete fiction. Although Hone did punctuate some of his speech with strong language it was not directed at Mr Campbell, but at the corporations and the National Party in absentia.

    Is this journalist simply trying to be sensational about the wrong things?

  6. War? Thats a bit over blown. Not a fan of selling the assets myself, but I am not going to war over them. Blocking motorways is just going to make people mad at hone and maybe get someone killed. Not following this racist loud mouth anywhere.

  7. Hone did not subject Mr Campbell to a “barrage” of swear words – I was there! The ONLY word that could be classified as such is “bullshit”, which is exactly what you’re doing by colouring your story in such a manner – it creates the illusion that he is confrontational and impersonable, rather than portraying the TRUE matter, that he feels vehemently about the proposed public asset sales, and as such represents the voice of many NZers. I see also that you failed to address the corporate issue raised at the meeting surrounding the Food Bill and the marginalisation of small vendors in favour of transnational supermarket chains and food giants, who it might be fair to suggest played a key role in implementing reform in this area. The corporate takeover is not isolated to protecting the public assets from being onsold, but relates directly to the QUALITY OF LIFE we desire in this country, and the rules by which WE THE PEOPLE CHOOSE to govern ourselves. These reforms in both arenas are currently being rolled out to strategically benefit the smaller portion of relatively well-off citizens and businesses, and the perceived outcomes of social constraint due to overhanded and irresponsible economic expansion comes at the expense of all current and future NZ citizens. It is time to start balancing HUMAN development evenly with ECONOMIC development and responsibly use the mandate by which the government has authority to implement policy. The greater they rise, the heavier they fall – those in power should learn to stand equally with us, not above us, and certainly there is enough controversy and public backlash over asset sales to demand that the government properly consult with the public on this matter. It’s time for a REFERENDUM!!

  8. Hone would be the Hugh Chavez of the South Pacific if he could move beyond racial exclusivism.

  9. Other forms of civil disobedience should also be considered, eg stop paying the power,rates and ph bills. If a lot of people did it all at once then it would have an effect. I am not so keen on blocking motor ways but blocking or Occupying the road of specific people would be a better use of our resources and not annoy lots of innocent people.

  10. Yes, I agree that Hone is a force to be reckoned with if only he would speak for ALL NZers — not just the Maori, as we are all in disagreement over “corporate takeover.” Just look at the bills (which only serve the INTERNATIONAL community at the expense of NZ sovereignity) on the table right now — the Food Bill, the Natural Health Products Bill (which would fine you $50K for making your own herbal remedy from your own back yard) — these are CORPORATE driven bills, and do NOT help the NZ people or NZ. Look at NZ — we grow enough food to be self-sufficient if we needed to be, but instead, right now we are KOW-TOWING to international interests and giving up our rights to buy/sell/trade food and seeds. Talk about going backwards as a country – I am disgusted. So – HONE, you ARE the HUGO Chavez of NZ, but remember you don’t need to have dark skin to be against the corporations that are looting and destroying this country — us whiteys care too. By the way, the idea that somehow farms are polluting is ridiculous compared to the oil/gas industry which is raping & pillaging our beautiful country.

  11. Keep up the good work Hone.It’s grand you’re in Parliament .Go Mana

  12. Whatever the insiders end up paying for the power infrastructure will be too much because the sales are unlawful without the public mandate which requires 75% direct vote to sell.

    The electricity industry needs more social and moral controls not less. Watch this to see the current state of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAbvniSuovk

    If we remain silent and inactive we will live to see a worse reign than the gestapo

  13. I live in south Australia where power companies are privately owned and we have the third highest power bills in the world. Last winter my power bill was a woppng $800 dollars for 3 months, usually around $400. The extra added for heating. This year I will be forc
    ed to use hot water bottles instead!

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