Last week, the MANA party reported that Hone Harawira’s electorate office was shot at. The seriousness of this act has gone largely understated. Yes, it received coverage by the media, but not nearly to the extent one might expect given the grave risk to the lives of Harawira, his staff and the constituents who visit his office.
Then in the weekend, Arapera Sharples, wife of Pita Sharples reported that Pita was accosted in a supermarket carpark, verbally abused and his car keyed because he proudly displays Māori Party flags on his car.
I’m not suggesting the incidents are in any way related. However, when two of our most prominent Māori politicians are targeted in this manner we might want to reconsider the state of our race relations in NZ .