Haumaha’s apology “falls short” – Louise Nicholas

Talisa Kupenga

Kaore i eke te whakapāha a te Kaikomihana Tuarua o te Tari Pirihimana, koira tā Louise Nicholas, nana tēnei arotake i kā.

“His apology fell short and flat with me. I think it was a ‘have to do’ apology not a ‘wanted to do apology’ and it should have happened when he made the comments.”

Ko tāna he wairua karo tā Haumaha, kaore hoki ia i aro ki ana kupu ki a ia ano hoki i te wā i tūtaki rāua.

“He didn’t look me in the eye when I challenged him.

“If somebody can’t look you in the eye when you’re talking to them in a serious conversation like that to me that means he’s being dismissive.”

Ko tā Nicholas he mana kore tā Haumaha whakapāha, he kupu noa iho. Na reira kaore ia mo te tautoko i a Haumaha me tana tūnga o mua o naianei hoki.

“I didn’t want him in that leadership role in the beginning but it’s not up to me. This is not personal I know his history, I know that there are other women out there.

“It’s not just about my own stuff, it’s about other women who have come to me over the years about Wally’s behaviour.”

Kāore a Haumaha te Ope Pirihimana mo te whakaputa kōrero.

Ahakoa he nui te kaupapa he iti te kōrero o te Kāhui Māori o Reipa, me te pātai mena rānei he tika te arotake.

Ko tā Kelvin Davis, Kaiārahi Tuarua, Reipa "Ae e tika ana. Kei ngā ringaringa o te Minita Internal Affairs inaeanei.

Ko tā Peeni Henare, MP Reipa ki Tāmaki Makaurau, he whakaingoa i a ia ano.

"Kua whakarite te Kāwanatanga me pēra no reira korekau he take kia korero a Peeni mo te take nei."

E mōhiotia whānuitia a Willie Jackson mo tana pākiwaha, ēngari i tēnei ata.

"Kāore au e pirangi kia korero e pa ana ki a Wally i tēnei wā he tika me waiho ki a Kelvin," te kōrero a te Kaiārahi Takirua Kāhui Māori o Reipa.

“Mōhio mātou nui ana mahi i nga wa kua hipa atu nei engari kaore he tika mōku kia korero i tēnei wā e pā ana ki a Wally."

E tautoko a Tamati Coffey o te Waiariki, te rohe o Haumaha, i te arotake.

"Wally Haumaha is a good man with a lot of support from the local Te Arawa people.

"But there have been questions raised and it's right for an inquiry to be held and the process is underway."