Te Manawa when asked to comment on the current situation surrounding Tainui said I have no want for becoming entangled in the politics of the moment my first consideration is to stay above this as befitting my place as successor to the Māori throne. This succession was officially received and accepted on the 4th July 2007. Asked to comment further on the succession Te Manawa said she had not withdrawn her acceptance nor would she be however…..
As Mother of the Nations; conferred November 2007, Te Manawa said, all my days and nights fill with the care of a special needs child which I liken to my dedication and protection gifted to the people over the last fourteen years. In this my mandate is to spiritually protect the people from threat and harm and to secure the best path to peace and unity that is theirs to have, especially when the past results of others has split the tribe and segregated people. It is under this umbrella I may enter the arena and intervene should the Iwi and its people experience in real terms any threat to their well-being.
Due to the power play that accompanies politics Te Manawa is no innocent to attacks in all forms experiencing death threats, manipulation, and intimidation first hand she says when people resort to this method of leadership it is plain they are in a power play and not truth. Still recovering from an abhorrent form of spiritual attack in June of this year which left Te Manawa with injury to her shoulder she says when man believes he has power over truth we have entered those forces where only despair, falsity, and upheaval is found. The truth will always emerge and covering up the truth will only lead to eventual discovery and further distress of the people. I have never supported or followed that which hurts or is not good for and to the people.
Te Manawa calls for truth from those in authority asking for honor, integrity and good choice which she says has been greatly missing these last years with little more than consistent bad media as the example of form. At the very least those in roles of leadership must be resolute to truth, integrity, and purity which must reign and be the attempt of all involved. Te Manawa says truth is the greatest heading on any navigational chart.
She reminds us all that people make choices and with every choice made comes a result. It is important that all those making decision’s on behalf of the tribe be held accountable for those they have made. Scapegoats will not heal nor cure what has happened.
This matter has been on going for the last few years and requires the proper resolution. The buck stops at the top and it is the top who must make decisions founded in the very best interests of the people. Listening to and following poor advice is still a poor form of leadership. Tainui must turn towards a true vision and those who set the course need to steer the waka on the path of this vision as a united crew.
Te Manawa says, It i s time for Tainui to have that which it is due, stability and unity and closed by saying, it is not politics that shall save the day, reminding the people who the wealth of any nation is – the people. Any leader worth their salt and holding themselves to true service to the people has this at the very forefront of their thoughts, words and deeds.
The Kingitanga is a spiritual document which is waiting restoration not further dismantling by those who would serve themselves before up holding the covenant and serving the people. What is set here is set for the world and as such has been far less than intended when manipulated by those in power with a different agenda. It is little wonder at the results and a personal disappointment to Te Manawa to see her people hurt in this way.
Finally Te Manawa said “I am a firm believer in keeping things in-house, our business being simply that our business, yet I find myself in the place of understanding that to remain silent or silenced is to forever fail the people and God. I would rather make attempt in those authorities and tasks that God has placed with me and fail by effort than not try. In this I understand why others have spoken up and spoken out. God bless Tainui and my people, bring us all to safe harbour and a safe return to who we are.