Hone Harawira is a Māori rights activist.
He joined Ngā Tamatoa in the early 70’s, got arrested at Bastion Point, led the He Taua Fight against Racism, helped found and lead the Waitangi Action Committee, led the Patu Squad during the Springbok Tour and called Bishop Desmond Tutu as a witness (and won his case!), attended the International Indian Treaty Council, visited Kaho’olawe to help stop the bombing of the Hawaiian Islands, publicly unveiled the Tino Rangatiratanga flag in 1990, led the Kawariki through the 90’s, met Nelson Mandela in ‘95, led the Foreshore and Seabed March in 2004, and entered parliament in 2005 where he led the campaign to make Aotearoa Smokefree by 2025, the Feed the Kids campaign and a campaign to support Aboriginal land rights.
Hone is the leader of the MANA Movement, and is currently back working in his community in the far north.
Indigenous solutions are likely to take a unique approach to resolve issues impacting our peoples. Indigenous solutions might not be simply about treatment and healing but also about prevention and protective factors, or about innovative ways of moving toward healthy flourishing futures.
To know who we are, and to believe in ourselves
Today we live in a world where we are bombarded with imagery from many cultures, presented with ideals that clash with our own cultural background, and subjected to constant lifestyle changes that show no respect for our status as indigenous people; caretakers of the earth, the seas and the sun. And we struggle to respond to that blizzard of change in a positive and meaningful way because we are cash poor, we are desperate to escape our poverty, and so we either ape the appallingly bad behaviour of our colonial oppressors or we snatch at anything to be free of that oppression, even when we know it’s not right. We need to step back from the bling, understand who it is we really are and have the courage to stay true to ourselves.