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Harawira Criticised For Protest Comments

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Wellington, Feb 28 NZPA - Hone Harawira has again been criticised by his party leaders, this time for encouraging people to take "whatever action necessary" to protest against a planned sea turbine project.

The Maori Party MP told members of the Kaipara Harbour community they should drop chains and anchors into the harbour and suggested illegal action was sometimes necessary to get the message across, the Herald on Sunday reported.

"If people are not listened to then they should take the action they want to," he said.

"I'm an MP now and there will be suggestions that I should not be talking about this but I'm comfortable with my stand."

A spokeswoman for party co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples said his comments didn't represent the views of the party.

"The Maori Party is law abiding and Mr Harawira's comments, which apparently have incited protest in quite an extreme way, are not the views of the party," the spokeswoman said.

"The party tries to avoid encouraging activities that will cause unrest and these are Mr Harawira's personal statements and sentiments."

Mr Harawira was in trouble last year for taking an unauthorised trip to Paris while on a parliamentary visit to Europe, and for offensive comments about white people in an email defending his actions.

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