17 May 2011

Waitangi Marae considers banning Titewhai Harawira

7:39 pm on 17 May 2011

Mrs Harawira, who often escorts dignitaries onto the marae, has been criticised for disrupting a recent Maori Party hui there.

Several people left the hui saying they heard never such abusive comments in a meeting house; others took children outside.

The meeting on 8 May had been called to gauge support for the Maori Party to stand a candidate in Te Tai Tokerau against the newly formed Mana Party, led by Mrs Harawira's son, Hone Harawira.

Marae trustee Adelaide Rameka says Mrs Harawira was barred from the marae many years ago for similar behaviour but this time she has hit a new low by insulting guests and local elders alike.

Mrs Harawira has called the Maori Party hui a disgrace, saying there was a low turnout because few Ngapuhi wanted the MPs there.