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2009-11-10 21:19:37 UTC
Sound Archives/Nga Taonga Korero Search
TITEWHAI HARAWIRA FOUND GUILTY, Reporter Jill Gallop talks about the
verdicts handed down to Titewhai Harawira and four other after. Read
More. CONVICTED ...
....and within it are included -
CARRINGTON HOSPITAL MAORI UNIT - TITEWHAI HARAWIRA
Mrs Titewhai Harawira of the Carrington Hospital Maori Unit speaks about
her suspension from the un...
KAUMATUA BANNED FROM VISITING PAREMOREMO Henare Sutherland, Potaka
Dewes, Donna Awatere, Titewhai Harawira, Craven Tane and Peter Love are
th.... Read More
CHARGES AGAINST TITEWHAI HARAWIRA Peter Kingston details the charges
against the Head of the Carrington Maori unit Titewhai Harawiri. Read More
TRIAL OF TITEWHAI HARAWIRA Nick Hirst reports from the Auckland District
Court of the evidence given by a health worker from Ca... Read More
AUCKLAND HOSPITAL BOARD MEETING DISRUPTED BY MAORI ACTIVISTS Claire
Watson reports on the incident at the Auckland Hospital Board meeting
involving Maori activis... Read More
And then - illustrating characteristics that we are seeing clearly now
in Hone Harawira - "The taming of Titewhai Harawira"
By Michele Hewitson at
Excerpt: "How things have changed. At least I am sincerely hoping they
have. The abiding memory of that earlier visit is of standing in this
garage for what seemed a very long time, waiting for Mrs Harawira to
receive me, while two large dogs circled my legs sniffing and making
ominous little noises in the back of their throats.
When this time I asked, finally (I didn't want her to produce them),
where they were, she said, sadly: "They're dead."
Then, bossily, "Don't talk about it." And, "I've got a rabbit now. It'll
Which was said gaily, in a bonkers sort of way. This was a joke. But I
didn't ask to see it because I figured that if there is such a thing as
an attack rabbit, Titewhai Harawira would own it.
Most people you speak to (although she says she has had nothing but
positive feedback) are, at the very least, perplexed that the mean,
dog-owning radical has somehow become the fluffy, rabbit-owning kuia who
escorts Prime Ministers on to marae.
It is, if nothing else, an astonishing feat to have achieved at least
the illusion of respectability. Respectability is her word. It is not
one that immediately leaps to mind. "I have earned a lot of
respectability by not compromising. And that respect has been with our
own people. The authorities haven't always appreciated the hard line."
You can say that again. Because in the background of every conversation
with Mrs Harawira - and she is as aware of it as anyone - are the ghouls
of her past. Not least her 1989 conviction for assaulting a psychiatric
She says, emphatically, that she regrets nothing in her past - "No.
Nothing." If other people can't get over it, well "that's fine. I can
accept that. But I would like people to also put up their hands and say
they may have been wrong".
The remarkable thing (or one of them) about Mrs Harawira is that she,
who has never put up her hand and said she was wrong, has obtained a
sort of aura of authority - now seemingly accepted by authority. The
machinations behind the Waitangi Day scenes must have been fascinating. "
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