December 10, 2014
Horomia bio will stand test of time
Labour leader Andrew Little says he appreciates the efforts of Sir Wira Gardiner to document the life of the late Parekura Horomia.
A ceremony was held at parliament last night to celebrate the publication of Kia Ora Chief, which was launched on Saturday at Mr Horomia's home marae in Uawa-Tolaga Bay,
Sir Wira started the biography after hearing the stories that emerged at his tangi, which drew more than 10,000 people to the small East Coast village.
Mr Little says he knew the former Ikaroa Rawhiti MP before he became a caucus colleague hecause of his stong support for unions and the rights of working people.
"He was a very passionate, very loving leader not just for Maori but New Zealand and I think good on Wira Gardiner for taking on that task. I do not mind we sit on opposite sides of the political fence, it's a testament to Parekura, that someone with the standing of Wira Gardiner would take the time to write up his life and provide us with a good record that will stand the test of time," he says.
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