Here’s one of the best arguments for staying clear of Billy TK Jnr and friends. It was written by MOANA MANIAPOTO and states the case perfectly.
“Lisa Lane So here’s the thing. I quite like Billy. I’ve known him for years. But he is WRONG.
I know the facts and people I know with a history of focused and respected action against Crown undermining of te tiriti – reiterate those facts. They’re also outlined in this article by an excellent, award winning investigative journalist.
Billy has no history of activism. He’s never been visible in any actions that I’ve been involved in nor any that people with way stronger activist credentials have. That’s been noted.
He hadn’t bothered talking with any Māori who have been involved in negotiating Agenda 21, choosing to undermine their mana and credentials in a way that indicated a complete lack of respect for our rangatira.
He no doubt completely believes in the propaganda he’s been exposed to. Just because he believes it to be true, doesn’t make it true. Just because you post the narrative he’s pushing, doesn’t make it a fact.
The colonising began here in 1835. The conspiracies are on the ground here in our country are the ones you ought to be focused on – giant tech companies like Facebook and Google, fossil fuel and climate change, tobacco companies, lobby groups trying to prevent regulations to protect tenants, lobby groups trying to stop protections on our waterways, Hobsons Pledge…the constant undermining of mana Whenua and Iwi, lack of regard for the Crown-Tiriti relationship.
That’s what intelligent free-thinking people ought to be focusing their energies on. Mind you, that DOES take an awful lot of real work.
PS You have to ask yourself if the likes of Jane Kelsey, Hone Harawira, Mike Smith, Annette, Tina, our very clever academics like Moana Jackson, Leonie Pihama, Linda Smith, Huia Huia Tomlins Jahnke, Aroha Mead – iwi leaders like Ngahiwi, Ta Tumu, Pita Tipene; if a younger generation of activists like Pania Newton and Laura O’Connell and our legal eagles like Judge Joe Williams, Kingi Snelgar etc – Māori Party candidates (who aren’t big fans of the current government) – if the Climate Change movements, Iwi Chairs, Māori Council, various trade unions and university student groups; if the Māori Public Health Collective (Te Ropu Whakakaupapa Urutā) if NONE of them are backing Billy and his ideas….isn’t that a red flag?!
Hone Harawira is the leader of the MANA Movement.