HONE PANI TAMATI WAKA NENE HARAWIRA
Hone Harawira is a prominent Māori leader who has advocated for Māori for several decades reflecting his philosophy of “strength, commitment, wisdom and vision.” Born in Whangarei, Hone was educated at St Stephens School and Auckland University. Hone has been heavily involved in treaty rights, land rights, language revitalisation, community development, and international indigenous campaigns. He has travelled extensively to speak on human rights and community development in the Philippines, the Soviet Union, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Hawaii, Palau, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Australia and the USA.
In 1985, Hone and his whanau moved back to their tribal homelands in the far north of Aotearoa, and he dedicated his life to developing Maori potential. His professional roles from 1985-2005 included General Manager for the Aupouri Ngati Kahu Te Rarawa Trust, Aniwaniwa Kokiri, Te Wananga Reo o Te Tai Tokerau, Aupouri Māori Trust Board, and Te Hiku Media including Te Hiku FM, Sunshine FM, Tai FM, Country FM & Tehiku TV. He also chaired the Far North Rugby League, the Rangaunu Sports Club, and Aniwaniwa Kohanga Reo, Kura, Wharekura and Wananga. Hone’s national appointments included Chair of Te Whakaruruhau o nga Reo Irirangi Maori o Aotearoa, Chair of Te Pūtahi Paoho, and Member of Te Mangai Paho.
In 2004 Hone led the Foreshore & Seabed March, which launched him into the NZ Parliament where he served as the Member of Parliament for Tai Tokerau from 2005-2014, and led the campaign to make Aotearoa Smokefree by 2025.
When he left parliament in 2014, Hone recommitted himself to community development, including forestry, housing, social support, prisoner reintegration, youth, and health programmes in the north. Hone is currently working on a number of land development initiatives in the north and plays a prominent role in rugby league and regional affairs.