The way was opened for the Māori Party, blessed by Atua, and supported by Māori ancestors from all tribes along side the people in a unity that allows for Māori today to be making decisions at Government level and taking part on that level in shaping the future of Aotearoa. A proud and significant moment in our history. One to be strengthened, supported and expanded to be a greater force than it already enjoys.
The debate recently by the three candidates in the North showed clearly the Mana was with the Māori party candidate, it could be felt, it could be seen, it shone out out beyond all no matter the words spoken by any of these candidates. It was shining so strongly for those who can see and feel such things and was a great thing to witness but a greater reminder still of what stands behind it which goes beyond any one man or woman. It is this that brought me to write for there was no mistaking it. Let me be very clear I am not directing anyone on how to vote.
Need I remind you all, people need to grow into who they will become, some grow well others do not, while some refuse to at all. A few months is very different to a few years to see any such growth. Solomon Tipene is more than a kind kaumatua and has more standing behind him than supporters on the ground. Even Hone seasoned in Politics has had it said of him in regards to growing into becoming a politician. Actually I would ask; do we need more politicians being breed or do we need politically aware persons of honor and integrity? something to ponder on.
It is not always about what a person thinks which is of the mind but what a person knows which is of the heart. Are you my people attune to yours? If you are you will know what I write here to be absolutely true.
I would remind all that the Māori Party is created in a very special way and the kaupapa is the very strongest of foundations. It is supported by more than people and guided by more. Reasonable then that one may adhere to this when one is looking for the direction the waka must go. When one is lost all one needs do is take a sighting on this star to gain ones bearings once more.
The leaders because of this, realised or not, are charged with doing just that and if they have wandered let the people speak out to them that they may adjust their direction and return once more to the course plotted on the chart.
One does not jump a waka of such importance and make attempt to deny all that was done under this for the Māori people of the Nations. No matter how far a person may be driven to go one can not match or go beyond what already exists in this instance.
Far better to have taken another sighting and gained ones bearings appropriately for the sake of our people’s. Far better to have had resolve within the very waka that one has played a part in birthing and leading than abandoning it part way through the journey.
If changes were required to adjust the course simply this was all that was needed to work through the issues. That this has not been done in the way of the vision is the very reason we have been subjected to another party being created by a man who disagrees with the mandate of other men and there has been far too many of those. This one will have more bearing on diminishing the unity of all Māori. A unity the Māori party was birthed under, thus weakening and dividing our people’s rather than the kaupapa of unifying and strengthening.
Take heart the Māori party was truly birthed and there is a plan beyond our own. We may not understand the fullness of it but it is there. Believe to see it, ask and it shall be shown to you. Mostly listen to your own truth for it resonates to what Atua has placed and is a far more accurate compass to all of us than any among us.
Retaining leaders who have expressed a wish in the past to step down is something that needs addressing. One can not force a true heart and placing pressure on someone because of your own fear that there is no one else to fill their shoes is unreasonable especially if the fear is based on that person being less rather than allowing which in turn can bring the greater forward. Holding onto a leader in these conditions serves no one but those wishing to serve it up. Fresh blood can bring rejuvenation and rebirth. There is nothing to fear in change of this type and one can only say it has been fear of this change which has held up the growth and the vision’s progress.
The leaders that leave in this way I hope to see stay along side to proffer counsel to those following in their footsteps. Being Māori, this is about more than politics, this is about serving the people in their best interests and not about self glory, ego, and personal mana.
I call upon the leaders to reconnect to what is there already in the way of the Māori Party and build on what has been gifted not make attempt to start something else which can not become something more than this. Choosing something less will only produce a lesser result.
God Bless you my people TeManawa