Hone Harawira's misdemeanours
- The night before Waitangi Day, maverick Maori Party MP Hone Harawira gave an address dubbed as a "state of the Maori nation" speech an hour before Maori Party co-leader Dr Pita Sharples gave his own speech with the same title. Dr Sharples said he was insulted by the move, and said Mr Harawira should consider "cutting himself loose" if he wished to continue to undermine the party leadership.
- On his Facebook page, Hone Harawira accused "dickheads" within the Maori Party of trying to get rid of him.
Maori Party whip Te Ururoa Flavell laid a formal complaint over Mr Harawira's Sunday Star-Times column which included a barrage of criticisms of the party and its coalition with the National Party.
Mr Harawira was widely criticised for comments made in an interview with the Weekend Herald, where he said he wouldn't feel comfortable with his children dating Pakeha.
In an email response to criticism of the way he skipped off to Paris while on a parliamentary visit to Brussels, Mr Harawira told former Waitangi Tribunal director Buddy Mikaere: "White motherf...kers 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 bullshit?"
He invited Mr Mikaere to go to the media with the email, which Mr Mikaere did.
Complaints flooded in to the Race Relations Commissioner and Maori Party leaders came close to expelling Mr Harawira from the party, but after he apologised he was allowed to stay.
Mr Harawira penned an abusive email to Ministry of Maori Development officials in July over a brochure about the Maori flag, accusing them of "shafting" him and threatening to "go apeshit" and "expose this as a sham" if they did not make changes he wanted.